Mary Portas bid to revitalise Leamington old town

By Kevin Unitt 21/06 Updated: 22/06 08:41

Latest News

Community events in old town - such as the popular annual festival on the Grand Union Canal - demonstrate the community spirit in the area. 19.09.025.leam.jm7

A GROUP of residents and business owners in Leamington old town are pushing for £100,000 of Mary Portas money to help “enliven and revitalise” the area.

Towns such as Warwick recently missed out on a share of £1 million from the 'Portas Pilot' scheme– aimed at breathing life into struggling high streets across the country – but the bid brought residents and businesses bosses together.

And with a second round of funding now available – which will see a further 12 towns scoop £100,000 each – a bid has been launched in the south town area of Leamington.

Project leader Jeremy Ireland explained: “Old town has come a long way but there is more that can be done to encourage shoppers and customers, and this would really help us to make positive change.

“We need landlords and local businesses and authorities to commit to matching funding and supporting the scheme if we are to be successful.

“We also welcome all views, be they positive or negative, as we formulate our bid.”

The group are now putting together final plans to produce a three-minute promotional video which will be submitted as their official bid by the end of June, with winners announced in August.

The group believe old town can become a centre for 'arts, creativity and innovation', developing more of a 'café culture' that can retain customers for longer.

One key initiative is to use disused railway infrastructure in the heart of old town as the Leamington's ‘fourth plinth’.  

The group also want to see low-cost initiatives such as historic trails established to express pride in the area, as well as working with councils and landlords to reduce the number of neglected and empty properties.

Helen Wild, member of the Old Town Business Association, said: “Our ambition is to breathe new life into old town.  

"We want to revitalise the area to make it a welcoming place to be, celebrate its heritage, and find ways to support smart start-ups that will both offer opportunities for up-and-coming businesses and restore old town as a thriving hub of the community.”

To have your say on the scheme contact Mr Ireland on 07968 742102 or visit the Facebook group entitled 'Mary Portas Bid South Leamington Old Town'.

Latest News

The project team. (s)

Popular Stories »

More news »

Join the rock n roll band in Warwick

A SPOT of rock n roll therapy is

Inquest: Grieving mother's warning to young men

A GRIEVING mother has issued a warning to

Fond farewell to Hill Close Gardens worker

VOLUNTEERS at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick recently

Dance theatre company makes international moves

A DANCE theatre company in Leamington is making

Regional news »

Stratford Observer
Make a will and help Myton Hospice

LAW firms in Stratford will be writing wills to raise ...

Rugby Observer
Addict sold stolen ring for less than three hundredths of ...

JAMES Fallon had no idea a diamond ring stolen in ...

Coventry Observer
Donated wheelchair gives city girl extra freedom

CITY girl, Jessica Dowdeswell is now able to enjoy more ...

Redditch Standard
Birmingham hospital closes doors to county patients

A BIRMINGHAM hospital is refusing to treat patients from Worcestershire ...

Business Directory »

See your advert here »