Evesham awarded Government funding

By Gary Smee Thursday 25 October 2012 Updated: 01/11 13:48

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Buy photos » Evesham has been named as one of the Government’s Town Team Partners and will receive £10,000 in funding to boost the High Street.

EVESHAM has scooped £10,000 from the Government to help revitalise the town.

The money has been awarded by the Department of Communities and Local Government to more than 300 towns which missed out on funding through the Portas Pilot scheme.

As well as the cash, the Government has also announced additional support will be on offer to help get plans to regenerate town centres off the ground. It includes advice from the Association of Town Centre Management, regular meetings with other Town Teams to share tips and ideas and 'Crowdfunding' - a potential way to attract local investors and raise small amounts of finance to support their work.

The money will be spent to help put parts of the original plan set out in the application to be a Portas Pilot into action including encouraging more footfall into the town, supporting town traders and promoting Evesham to potential businesses.

The application was put together by Evesham Market Town Partnership and had to be endorsed by the town's MP Peter Luff. Mr Luff said he was delighted Evesham had been chosen.

"The original Portas Pilot scheme was heavily oversubscribed so I was delighted to endorse Evesham’s application to the new scheme," he said.

"I am very glad the Government has decided to back the enthusiasm in the town to work together to make it an even more attractive place to live and shop."

The Government hopes through this scheme each Town Team will form part of a national town movement, who will each share the vital lessons they have learnt in improving their high streets.

Mr Luff added it signalled a bright future.

"This is great news for the town and I know that the money will be put to good use helping to build a bright future for the town and its retailers," he said.

"Life isn’t easy for the town’s traders at present, and I hope this will give them further encouragement after all the good work being done by the town, district and county councils and the Market Town Partnership to build a better future for Evesham."

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