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Maryport has two weeks to decide on Maryport Portas bid

Maryport has two weeks to get a major bid together to help breathe life into its high street.

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QUEEN OF SHOPS: Mary Portas

The town has until March 30 to submit a proposal to the Government to become a Mary Portas pilot scheme.

The Government is backing ideas inspired by its shopping advisor, TV celebrity Mary Portas, which are aimed at reviving 12 rundown high streets across the country.

A £1 million fund would be shared among the schemes, with up to £100,000 for each. They may also benefit from direct advice from Ms Portas.

Claire Driver, town centre manager, issued a rallying cry to retailers, groups and organisations to attend a meeting next Tuesday at Annabell’s Cafe in Senhouse Street from 5.30pm to hear more details.

She said that initial feedback from traders to be part of the scheme was “overwhelmingly positive”.

The Times & Star’s Love Maryport campaign will be at the heart of the bid, and a video will be created next week as part of the bid to attract Ms Portas’s attention.

Ms Driver said: “We are using the Times & Star’s Love Maryport campaign and its logo because we think that is the essential part of the bid.

“Maryport’s most positive feature is its people. It is essential that the bid shows that there is potential for a town – and our potential is in our people.”

Petitions have also been distributed throughout the town to encourage people to show their support for the Love Maryport bid.

The video will feature local people talking about the town’s past and present importance and the possibilities for its future.

Ian Hind, Allerdale council’s arts officer, is helping with the video which he said would contain humour as well as factual information about the town and its needs.

Allerdale council is backing the bid and its regeneration spokesman Councillor Mark Fryer told a previous meeting of traders that Maryport had a huge amount going for it.

Miss Portas said she would be looking for towns to promote their cases in innovative ways, such as video clips on website YouTube and by inventive use of social networking websites.

Have your say

If you could have any type of shop open on a Sunday or late at night in Senhouse Street what would it be?

Posted by Mr Potential Maryport Shop Owner on 17 March 2012 at 16:53

i hope the traders etc put a good campaign in as maryport defiitely will benefit from it. people who i talk to through my work say maryport is a lovely little town but there are no decent shops and no cafes open on a sunday except the aquarium. maybe it should be opened up to the public too, maybe in the wave, to see what ideas they have.

Posted by janis houghton on 16 March 2012 at 08:52

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