West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is delighted to accept the invitation to pledge to put the local high street first and to become a Town Team partner by the Department of Communities and Local Government as part of the ongoing Portas Review of the High Street.
Those that sign up to become a Town Team Partner will have access to a multi-million pound programme to help put elements of their local high street plan in place. There will also be opportunities to attend workshops, meet with other town teams to share experiences and learn lessons and to join an online community to receive tips and advice from retail experts.
Local businesses in Ormskirk were unsuccessful in their bid to become a Portas Pilot in an effort to rejuvenate the town centre. Love Ormskirk has been borne out of the initial bid.
On Monday 2 July Ministers had indicated there would be some level of support to all towns who’d bid to become a Portas Pilot. This invite is the next stage of this support with further information and announcements expected in September from the Department.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“I very much welcome this invitation to be part of support the efforts to revitalise out high streets. The work done by Love Ormskirk has been fantastic and is solid foundation on which to continue building. I hope this additional support being offered by the Department for Communities and Local Government will match the ambitious plans for Ormskirk town centre.
“There are a number of local businesses with a real desire to see a rejuvenated Ormskirk town centre and they are committed to working to improve the high street. I am committed to working with them for a market town fit for the 21st century.”