Old Town successful with Portas Pilots bid
BUSINESS owners and traders in Old Town have been successful in their bid to win £100,000 from the Government’s Portas Pilots project.
Local Government Minister Grant Shapps will name the area among the 15 winners for the second stage of the project this morning (Wednesday).
The money will be used to breath new life into the area and make it more attractive for shoppers and visitors.
The plans include creating a ‘cafe culture’ in the area and establishing it as a centre for arts, creativity and innovation, attracting more independent retailers and holding more community events such as the recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Clemens Street.
Other ideas include building on Old Town’s restaurant base and its diverse ethnic food outlets and having commissioned artwork for the area’s railway bridge.
Backed by the Old Town Business Association the area’s successful bid was among 400 applications for the second stage of the project, which is led by retail expert Mary Portas.
Cllr Alan Farnell, the leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “It is great news to hear that Leamington has been successful in its bid to become a Portas Pilot town.
“This is a huge boost for one of Warwickshire’s main towns which will receive extra support from the government to revitalise the town centre and benefit commerce and tourism in the area.
“This will support our Going for Growth agenda which aims to improve the county’s economy through continued inward investment.”
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