Team outlines Portas vision

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GROUPS from the resort have come together in an effort to secure £100,000 of Government cash to “bring the town centre to life”.

Full details have been released of Morecambe Town Council’s bid for a grant as part of the Portas Pilots scheme, aimed at giving a boost to high streets across the country.

Retail guru Mary Portas, famed for TV shows such as Mary Queen of Shops, was tasked by the Government to lead a review into the future of Britain’s high streets.

The pilot towns are aimed at testing her findings.

The council has formed a “town team” with a host of partners including Arndale Centre manager John Watkins, Morecambe Chamber of Trade, Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce and The Visitor.

The bid has been promoted by the colourful MoreCanBeDone campaign in the Arndale Centre and online.

The bid documents outline plans to make empty shops into affordable units for young entrepreneurs, increase training opportunities and have festivals and events aimed at increasing footfall in the town centre.

The team has set out how it wants to bring “the town centre to life through youth engagement and the arts”.

The campaign video for the bid has been released, showing off some of Morecambe’s positives but also explaining some of its problems.

Watch the video here or search Morecambe Portas Pilot on You Tube.

See The Visitor (03-04-12) for full story.