Guru Mary Portas to visit Nelson town centre

GURU Mary

GURU Mary

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SHOPPING guru Mary Portas is to visit Nelson for the first time next week to see where her £100,000 has been spent.

Council bosses have teamed up with Nelson and Colne College students to offer a new dimenson to the likes of Scotland Road, Manchester Road and Leeds Road.

An arts and vintage market was one of the centrepiece events last October and a flashmob descended on the Lancashire Day celebrations in November.

Further schemes like a student loyalty card and 20-foot high designs on the side of Pendle Rise shopping centre are also being trialled.

nd she’ll be sharing her expertise.

The TV presenter said: “We must focus efforts on creating lively and social places, especially for young people, to breathe new life into Nelson.

“This is Nelson’s big chance. It's about creating a place that people want to feel part of – a sense of community so that people feel proud to say they are from Nelson.”

Mary will chair a roundtable meeting with some of the leading lights of Nelson’s Portas Pilot Town Team after she arrives on Tuesday.

Coun Paul White, the borough’s regeneration lead, said: “She’ll be hearing first hand how we’re taking action to breathe new life into Nelson, using the Portas funding we won last year.”

One of the town team’s aims has been to bring more young people into the town centre, creating a corridor from the college to the interchange.

Borough leaders also recently unveiled a newly-revamped ‘high street’ crowned by ‘The Shuttle’ a massive public artwork linked to Nelson’s weaving past.

Nicholas Emery, who is on the town team and involved with the town centre forum, said: “It’s about creating a place that people want to feel part of – a sense of community so that people feel proud to say they are from Nelson.”

And Coun Nadeem Younis, chairman of Nelson area committee, added: “Nelson is a town on the up. Getting help and advice from TV celebrities like Mary Portas and Azhar Siddique from The Apprentice will make a difference.”`

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10:47am Thu 24 Jan 13

shytalk says...

Mary portas visiting Nelson? Never mind am sure she will get over it.
Mary portas visiting Nelson? Never mind am sure she will get over it. shytalk
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10:49am Thu 24 Jan 13

Izanears says...

It might be a good idea if she took a trip round Southfield ward. On the other hand it might not!
It might be a good idea if she took a trip round Southfield ward. On the other hand it might not! Izanears
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10:58am Thu 24 Jan 13

darwenTower says...

"Her" £100,000?

Did it come out of her pocket?
"Her" £100,000? Did it come out of her pocket? darwenTower
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12:27pm Thu 24 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

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SHOPPING guru Mary Portas is to visit Nelson for the first time next week to see where her £100,000 has been spent.

Save a bit of time just show her a drain that's were the moneys gone. :-)
Quote: SHOPPING guru Mary Portas is to visit Nelson for the first time next week to see where her £100,000 has been spent. Save a bit of time just show her a drain that's were the moneys gone. :-) 2 for 5p
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3:09pm Thu 24 Jan 13

sim1846 says...

Hmm, Mary Portas, your not going to get nelson back on its feet until LCC and North Yorkshire CC, full support the reopening of the Colne to Skipton rail line, which will once again bring people in to this area from both Leeds and Manchester, it all about connectivity to your City Region, at the min Pendle isn't, the X43 to Manchester will not do this due to the time it takes to get there, you have to get the commute time down to 59 Min and no more, rail is the only option for this.

I see the Todmorden Curve project isn't going to benefit anyone here in Pendle. so why have they spent over 4 Million on it, the only people to benefit will be those that live in Burnley or Accrington.

Pendle should have been included in this Rail Project, Accrington did not need the fast link to Manchester, as it already has a fast link going via Preston.

The Time table should have been like this, Colne, Nelson, Brierfield Burnley Central, Rose Grove, then Burnley Manchester Road to Todmorden and Manchester.

Once Again Pendle gets kicked in the Teeth by Lancashire CC and the Government.
Hmm, Mary Portas, your not going to get nelson back on its feet until LCC and North Yorkshire CC, full support the reopening of the Colne to Skipton rail line, which will once again bring people in to this area from both Leeds and Manchester, it all about connectivity to your City Region, at the min Pendle isn't, the X43 to Manchester will not do this due to the time it takes to get there, you have to get the commute time down to 59 Min and no more, rail is the only option for this. I see the Todmorden Curve project isn't going to benefit anyone here in Pendle. so why have they spent over 4 Million on it, the only people to benefit will be those that live in Burnley or Accrington. Pendle should have been included in this Rail Project, Accrington did not need the fast link to Manchester, as it already has a fast link going via Preston. The Time table should have been like this, Colne, Nelson, Brierfield Burnley Central, Rose Grove, then Burnley Manchester Road to Todmorden and Manchester. Once Again Pendle gets kicked in the Teeth by Lancashire CC and the Government. sim1846
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12:08pm Fri 25 Jan 13

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

please stop going on about Nelsons Rail line going anywhere other than Preston/Colne,throug
h line to Skipton is not financially viable unless one is to believe the figures dreamed up by the supporters of the plan,,
please stop going on about Nelsons Rail line going anywhere other than Preston/Colne,throug h line to Skipton is not financially viable unless one is to believe the figures dreamed up by the supporters of the plan,, ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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