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Today’s announcement from the Minister for Housing, Mark Prisk, that Evesham is now signed up as a Town Team Partner has been welcomed by Peter Luff.

Evesham was given the chance to become a Town Team Partner, after being unsuccessful in its original application to be a Portas Pilot. The Market Town Partnership put together its application which had to be endorsed by the town’s MP, Peter Luff

Peter explained,

“The original Portas Pilot scheme was heavily oversubscribed so I was delighted to endorse Evesham’s application to the new scheme. I am very glad that the government has decided to back the enthusiasm in the town to work together to make it an even more attractive place to live and shop.”

Becoming a Town Team Partner means that the Evesham Market Town Partnership Town Team has made a commitment to deliver part of the plan set out in their original application to be a Portas Pilot. To support this local activity, the Government will ensure the Town Team receives, via Wychavon district council, £10,000 to help put elements of their plan into action.

Evesham will also 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 Department for Communities and Local Government received 326 applications to become a Town Team Partner and it hopes that through this scheme each Town Team will form part of a national town movement, who will each share the vital lessons they have learnt in improving their high streets.

Commenting Peter said,

“This is great news for the town and I know that the money will be put to good use helping to build a bright future for the town and its retailers. Life isn’t easy for the town’s traders at present, and I hope this will give them further encouragement after all the good work being done by the town, district and county councils and the Market Town Partnership to build a better future for Evesham.”


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