Your letters make it to Number 10

Petition to Number 10 Downing Street. 672B
Petition to Number 10 Downing Street. 672B

LETTERS written by Journal readers inviting Prime Minister David Cameron to visit to discuss problems faced by the town’s business community were delivered to Number 10 on Wednesday.

And MP for Grantham Nick Boles says that although he can’t promise a visit from the PM, he hopes the campaign will result in a visit from retail guru Mary Portas.

Portas has been commisioned by the Government to conduct a review looking at the future of Britain’s High Street and identifying ways of bringing life back to the country’s town centres.

Mr Boles, who presented the letters at Number 10 with Journal deputy Bob Hart, said: “What is good is the sustained commitment on the part of the Journal to get everybody in Grantham to take the challenges businesses face seriously.

“This is a good way of getting the discussion beyond Grantham and into Government.

“As I said at the Journal’s public meeting, many of the problems Grantham faces are not unique to Grantham.

“The issues of how relatively small market towns can maintain a vital, vibrant heart is one that is being faced in Somerset, Kent, Northumberland and everywhere else.

“That’s one of the reasons the Prime Minister asked Mary Portas to do her review.

“What I hope is that having delivered these letters I can a message from David Cameron to Mary Portas asking her to come to Grantham - because that’s our best shot at getting another point of view and a bit of national attention.”

l What do you think should be done to bring life back to Grantham’s town centre? Will a visit from Mary Portas make a difference?

Tell us what you think: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk