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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 Pilots" Scheme. 

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.

The closing 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 is doing.

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 closely.

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 McGovern.

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).
 

 



     
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