So I thought I should share the idea with the Ashbourne Partnership and with the Town Council. This is the conversation so far with the Ashbourne Partnership:
|Good morning Have the Town Partnership considered applying for a Portas Pilot grant? As a resident I think the goals of the grants and what we want to achieve for the town seem really similar. In addition the prerequisite is the creation of a Town Team which the Ashbourne Partnership seem to be. There is free money available here to get the job done and the publicity and unity that it could create, even for an unsuccessful bid, seem well worth it. I have looked at the application form and it doesn\’t seem onerous or costly with a submission date of 31st March. If you want an easy link to it all it is available on my blog – https://ashbournevoice.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/a-portas-pilot-for-ashbourne/ or the BIS website. I posted this yesterday and had 83 views. I am happy to help with the writing of the submission and the ideas around it if required but there are very few organisations with the contacts of retailers and council that could make it happen. The Ashbourne Partnership seem ideally placed and this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Kind Regards Paul Miller|
The reply I had back same day was:
Thank you for your message and thoughts. I will forward to the Board to seek their views.
Questions we need to ask, irrelevant of the Portas Pilot or not is a) why are there no other traders coming on a Thursday or more on a Saturday – is it lack of demand or what?
b) what would people want to see on a market day. I think we need to answer those questions before anything is done.
I will let you know the thoughts of the Board.
For clarification I emailed: