A second bid for some Portas cash

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A MEETING has been called for Tuesday, June 26, to reassess Morecambe’s bid to become a pilot town for retail regeneration.

Any interested business owners or leaders within the town are invited to the gathering at Morecambe Town Hall starting at 6.30pm.

Morecambe Town Council’s original bid for £100,000 of Government cash from the Portas Pilot Town initiative – named after retail champion Mary Portas (below) – was unsuccessful.

There were originally 380 applications and only 12 pilots were awarded nationwide.

The initial bid was supported by a range of local businesses particularly the Arndale Centre management and the Morecambe Chamber of Trade.

However, the Government have announced there will be a second round of bids and original bids will automatically be considered.

The town council would like to strengthen the bid on behalf of the business community of Morecambe to maintain its stated aim of supporting and assisting the local economy and businesses.

The closing date for the second round of submissions is June 30.

“The town council is extremely keen to work with all agencies and current businesses to help the local economy and looks forward to welcoming business representatives to the meeting,” said David Croxall, clerk to the town council.

“Indeed competition in the second round of the Portas Pilots will again be again be extremely difficult, with the Government expecting around 400 applications.

“Therefore this meeting is seen as vital to bringing together a core group of business representatives who would wish to work together, and with the council to explore all possible funding streams and avenues for making a difference in Morecambe with or without the Portas Pilot funding.”

If you wish to attend, inform Mr Croxall in advance on (01524) 422929, or byemail at clerk@morecambe.gov.uk.