Portas cash could pay for post of town centre manager

South Molton devises business plan to win town centre investment.

BUSINESS and civic leaders in South Molton are devising an ambitious three-year plan to win a share of Government cash being set aside to revitalise Britain’s high streets.

It is hoped the town will be able to bid for a slice of �1 million being offered to 12 towns across the country in the wake of recommendations by business guru Mary Portas.

A ‘town team’, made up of members of South Molton Business Association, (SMBA) and South Molton Town Council, has been tasked with creating a business plan before the end of the month to spearhead the town’s application.

If selected as a ‘Portas Pilot’, the team says funding could enable the town to appoint a town centre manager or even introduce extra car parking spaces in the town centre. David Walker, chairman of SMBA said the team was working hard to compile a three year plan full of innovative ideas for revitalizing the town.

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He said: “South Molton Business Association feels strongly that for the last five years we have been working towards, and enjoying, considerable success, in achieving just such a vision.

“The town now has a programme of events which runs throughout the year, ending in the highly successful Winter Wonderland each December.

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“However, the considerable funding of a successful pilot bid could finance improvements that require significant investment, like reinstating 60, short stay parking spaces into the centre of town or possibly appointing a town centre manager.”

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