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With the help of Peter Luff MP, Evesham looks set to become a Town Team Partner in a new government scheme for towns that were unsuccessful in the heavily over-subscribed Portas Pilots initiative earlier in the year.

Evesham originally applied to be one of the 27 towns that would receive government investment to boost their high streets. Although the town was unsuccessful in its bid, the government is now giving towns like Evesham the chance to become a Town Team Partner. This will give them access to a package of support enabling then to take action to revitalise their high streets.

In becoming a Town Team Partner, local town teams are making a commitment to deliver part of the plan set out in their application to be a Portas Pilot. To support this local activity, the Government will ensure each Town Team receives £10,000 (via their local authority) to help put elements of their plan into action.

Town Teams will receive support from the Association of Town Centre Management, which has over 20 years of experience in helping town centre become prosperous locations for business and investment.

The Government hopes that each Town Team will form part of a national town movement, with each sharing the vital lessons they learnt in improving their high streets.

The Evesham Market Town Partnership has now submitted their application to the Department for Communities and Local Government through Peter Luff.

Commenting Peter said,

“We were all disappointed that Evesham was not successful in its bid to become a Portas Pilot, so this announcement will be welcome news.

“Trading conditions have hit Evesham High Street hard and local businesses have suffered. I hope that by becoming a Town Team Partner, and on top of the various initiatives already underway through the market town partnership, we can help build a brighter future for the town and its retailers.”


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