NEW FERRY DISTRICT CENTRE
ENTERS RACE TO BECOME A PORTAS PILOT
30 March 2012
With so many
businesses failing in the current economic climate and shops becoming
vacant in New Ferry's district centre, a new "Town Team" has been
established to make a bid for £100,000 funding from the government's "Portas
New Ferry is
one of hundreds of towns across the country that are vying to become
Portas pilots to help rejuvenate struggling high streets. The 12
chosen towns will share more than £1m of funding and receive advice from
the retail guru Mary Portas.
date for applications was today, Friday 30th March 2012.
The government has admitted that high streets and town centres are
facing "serious challenges from out-of-town shopping centres and the
internet." Between 2000 and 2009, the number of town stores fell
by almost 15,000 and there have been further losses since then.
The government argues that high streets are recognised as important hubs
of social interaction and cohesion, as well as providers of local jobs.
They're a visible indicator of how well, or how badly, a local economy
The Portas Review, published in December 2011, set out what she thought
had led to the decline of the high street and made 28 recommendations
about what could be done "to breathe life back into them." She said many
high streets had reached crisis point.
Among the recommendations are "town teams" to champion local high
streets, business rate concessions for entrepreneurs and penalties for
negligent landlords. Portas also urged that betting shops have their own
planning classification so their numbers could be monitored more
The New Ferry Town Team is made up from a number of representatives from
New Ferry Regeneration Action Group, Wirral Borough Council, New Ferry
traders, and others, all being supported by South Wirral MP Alison
As part of
the Town Team's application, a video documentary was prepared to explain
the project idea for New Ferry which is known as the "New Ferry Little
Acorns Project". You can watch the video below. Please add
your comment in support of the project. (To do so, please double
click the movie image to view it directly on YouTube, where you will be
able to post your comment if you are registered with YouTube).