Mike has welcomed the Government’s announcement that London Road has been selected as one of the key High Streets which has been earmarked for regeneration as part of the Portas Pilots initiative.
Mary Portas was appointed by the Prime Minister to lead an independent review into the future of the high street. Following the review, a number of pilot towns were selected to receive special regeneration grants. A second wave of pilots has just been announced, which this time included London Road in Brighton & Hove.
The Minister for Housing & Local Government, the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, wrote to Brighton & Hove City Council to congratulate the team on their fantastic achievement of becoming a Portas Pilot. He was particularly impressed with the plans to provide each business with a radio to link it to 400 other businesses within the area to help reduce crime, vandalism and anti-social behaviour, and the use of an empty shop to showcase art. London Road will receive up to £100,000 towards regeneration projects for the area and will benefit from access to Mary Portas’s team of retail experts.
Commenting, Mike said: “This is excellent news for Brighton & Hove. London Road is a key high street in the city that is in some desperate need of investment. I am pleased that the Government has recognised the issues facing our city and am sure that this grant will help to transform the area once again into a bustling shopping destination.”