Town to bid for High Street cash?

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BUSINESSES in Grantham have given their backing to plans to bid for a grant to be used to boost the fortunes of the High Street.

Following a review of the country’s shopping areas by retail guru Mary Portas, the government has earmarked £1 million to be split between 12 struggling town centres around the country.

Towns are being invited to bid for the funding by producing a video explaining why they deserve the cash.

Deadline for submissions is March 30, and the decision on where the money will be sent will be made by a panel chaired by Portas.

Grantham Business Club chairman Bijal Ladva hopes a bid for funding will be submitted.

He said: “It’s something SKDC should be doing. If they want to get the support of the retailers there needs to be a bit of give and take.

“I think it’s unfair that only 12 towns get this when there are hundreds in dire straits, but it’s definitely something on our agenda.”

Robert Clark, a partner at Chatterton’s Solicitors, Avenue Road, Grantham, is backing the campaign to get funding for Grantham.

He said: “Grantham has potentially got an awful lot to offer and I think it would be a good thing to get some cash to be spent on the High Street as a whole.”

South Kesteven District Council says it will give its backing should a bid me made.

Strategic director Ian Yates said: “We have discussions arranged with partners as this needs to be led by the town in partnership with the council. It is important that we look at this scheme for the right reasons to ensure that it will deliver real improvements.

“We are considering this alongside current and proposed initiatives that SKDC are looking to deliver throughout the town and district.”

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