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Padiham and Burnley shopping areas get £10,000 from Portas Pilot Towns initiative

FRESH efforts are being made by traders to revive the fortunes of two key shopping destinations in the borough of Burnley.

An award of £10,000 each has been presented to Padiham town centre and Standish Street, in Burnley, from the Portas Pilot Towns initiative.

While neither location was selected for the £100,000 prize, given to the likes of Nelson earlier in the year, unsuccessful bidders have been given follow-up grants to make a start on regenerating their areas.

Brian Hobbs, president of Burnley Chamber of Trade, is chairman of the Standish Street area’s traders group, which is already drawing up plans on how to spend the windfall.

He said: “We are looking to promote Standish Street as a location for independent businesses – both to customers and to other people looking for units.

“There are also plans for better signage, a loyalty card scheme, and marketing the area as a shopping area for students.”

The nearby Burnley College campus, and the soon-to-arrive university technical college, in Trafalgar Street, are seen as key issues.

Meanwhile, Padiham has appointed its own town centre manager, Tony Fitzgerald.

Appointed using planning agreement cash, provided by the new Tesco store, Mr Fitzgerald and town shopkeepers will also have £10,000 at their disposal.

Early meetings have already taken place and Padiham Town Council has expressed an interest in becoming involved, with mayor Coun Alan Ravenscroft nominated to join the project’s board.

Coun Andy Tatchell, who represents Gawthorpe ward, said: “This can only be good for the centre of Padiham.”

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6:47pm Thu 8 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

Just how many more kick starts are these towns going to get
Just how many more kick starts are these towns going to get 2 for 5p
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7:05pm Thu 8 Nov 12

mavrick says...

Why does it need a Town centre manager to spend the grand sum of £10,000 It would pay to sweep the streets.
Why does it need a Town centre manager to spend the grand sum of £10,000 It would pay to sweep the streets. mavrick
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10:44pm Thu 8 Nov 12

cathedral citi says...

Pound shops and more pound shops! That's all there is in Burnley. Every corner you turn, There's a bloomin pound shop!

Whilst Blackburn ups it's ante, and Debenhams declare a multi million pound upgrade and extension of it's Blackburn department store, here in Burnley, a measly £10,000 to up the ante........

No wonder the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn! With a great shopping centre and Market, with ample parking, all under one roof, it's simply miles better....
Pound shops and more pound shops! That's all there is in Burnley. Every corner you turn, There's a bloomin pound shop! Whilst Blackburn ups it's ante, and Debenhams declare a multi million pound upgrade and extension of it's Blackburn department store, here in Burnley, a measly £10,000 to up the ante........ No wonder the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn! With a great shopping centre and Market, with ample parking, all under one roof, it's simply miles better.... cathedral citi
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12:04pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Interocitor says...

10K, eh? Don't spend it all at once.
10K, eh? Don't spend it all at once. Interocitor
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4:27pm Fri 9 Nov 12

DaveBurnley says...

cathedral citi wrote:
Pound shops and more pound shops! That's all there is in Burnley. Every corner you turn, There's a bloomin pound shop!

Whilst Blackburn ups it's ante, and Debenhams declare a multi million pound upgrade and extension of it's Blackburn department store, here in Burnley, a measly £10,000 to up the ante........

No wonder the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn! With a great shopping centre and Market, with ample parking, all under one roof, it's simply miles better....
If you think "the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn" then you're sadly mistaken. Bury market walks all over Blackburn market.

If you want proper shops then you have to go further afield than Blackburn!
[quote][p][bold]cathedral citi[/bold] wrote: Pound shops and more pound shops! That's all there is in Burnley. Every corner you turn, There's a bloomin pound shop! Whilst Blackburn ups it's ante, and Debenhams declare a multi million pound upgrade and extension of it's Blackburn department store, here in Burnley, a measly £10,000 to up the ante........ No wonder the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn! With a great shopping centre and Market, with ample parking, all under one roof, it's simply miles better....[/p][/quote]If you think "the whole of east Lancashire shops in Blackburn" then you're sadly mistaken. Bury market walks all over Blackburn market. If you want proper shops then you have to go further afield than Blackburn! DaveBurnley
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