Mansfield BID hopeful of securing Portas money to boost town centre footfall

NMAC12-1573-1''Coun Kate Allsop, centre, Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for Ecomomic Regeneration, pictured with Sue Rogers, left, from Mansfield Bid and Sarah Nelson, Bid Managers in Olympic Colours outside the Town Hall on Tuesday.
NMAC12-1573-1''Coun Kate Allsop, centre, Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for Ecomomic Regeneration, pictured with Sue Rogers, left, from Mansfield Bid and Sarah Nelson, Bid Managers in Olympic Colours outside the Town Hall on Tuesday.
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MANSFIELD BID has submitted an application for Government funding based on the Mary Portas report to help increase town centre footfall.

Retail expert Mary Portas delivered a Government-commissioned review of how to improve High Streets across the UK last year and12 towns originally received a share of £1.2m of funding.

Now more funding has been made available and Mansfield BID will find out if its application - which includes improving town centre accessibilty - is successful later in the summer.

Mansfield BID manager Sarah Nelson said a lot of hard work has gone into the application, which she hopes will help further boost the town’s reputation.

“Our submission is centred around accessibility into Mansfield with more information points and free wi-fi in the town centre to encourage shoppers to stay there for longer,” she said.

“We think our bid stands out from others, things like pop-up shops and entertainment are already being done in Mansfield, ours is a bit different and a video is available on You Tube.

“We were criticised for not submitting a bid the first time round but there were negative connotations around the bids in that it was seen as being for deprived areas which we didn’t want to link Mansfield with.

“But things have moved on, we’ve developed a strong town centre team (supported by Mansfield 2020 and Mansfield District Council) and although we have a reputation as a historical market town, we also want to show that we are up to date with 21st Century technology.”

To watch a short video of the BID’s application for funding visit You Tube and search for ‘Mansfield Portas Pilot’.