As Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashbourne seem uninterested and haven’t put anything together for either round of the bidding, well done Derbyshire County Council for their bid with One Shop Derbyshire. We may be part of the programme along with the other 26 market towns they are representing with their bid.
In the Ashbourne Economic Assessment the direct comparison was made with five other market towns – Bovey Tracey, Brecon, Barnard Castle, Ludlow and Hexham. We were also most comparable with Totnes, Launceston, Crediton and Newtown.
Here’s Barnard Castle’s bid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V-zodD2UE .
Here’s Totnes’s fightback http://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/2012/06/transition-town-totnes-bulletin-june-2012/
and here’s a Newtown resident’s despair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyXs7TuB6qI
High streets in Derbyshire could be set for a major boost if a bid for funding from the Government’s Mary Portas-inspired retail revitalisation programme is successful.
Local authorities are being invited to set up ‘town teams’, to demonstrate their vision for the future, and bid for £100,000 to give their high streets a shot in the arm.
The programme follows an independent review of town centres by retail expert Mary Portas, where she challenged local leaders to come up with innovative schemes to re-establish high streets as the place to be, for local people and visitors alike.
Derbyshire’s bid, submitted by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and conceived by Derbyshire County Council, is called ‘One Shop Derbyshire’.
If the bid is successful, One Shop Derbyshire will be piloted in four towns – and work closely with existing town teams to help build a more resilient retail sector across Derbyshire’s market towns.
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