Mary Portas Morecambe £100K scheme due to end in 2016

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A project to improve Morecambe named after a TV retail guru is due to end next spring.

Morecambe was one of several UK towns and cities to receive government money as part of the ‘Portas Pilot Project’ named after Mary Portas, star of ‘Mary Queen of Shops’.

A committee of local businesspeople called the Town Team was set up in 2012 to spend the £100,000 on improving Morecambe – specifically Victoria Street in the town centre.

Christine Stebbing, Town Team chairman, said £98,000 of the £100,000 had now been allocated with £2,000 retained as a contingency.

Speaking to Lancaster City Council’s overview and scrutiny committee, Mrs Stebbing said money had been spent on the Victoria Press street art project, street planting and cleaning, street markets, celebrity signing events, Christmas lighting, a £5,000 project working with young people from Morecambe Foyer, a survey into shopping habits, a customer services workshop and Digital High Street training sessions for local people, leaflets on things to do in the area, a new website ‘More in Morecambe’, and new signs on Victoria Street.