Leyland misses out on Portas plans - again

Mary Portas
Mary Portas

The next raft of Portas Pilot towns has been announced today - and Leyland has not been chosen.

Celebrity retail expert Mary Portas extended the opportunity to get advice from her and £100,000 from the government, by allowing towns to re-submit their applications after the first list of winners was announced.

Now, the second lot of successful bids has been revealed, and Leyland’s spruced-up application still wasn’t enough to impress the top judge.

Deputy Leader of South Ribble Council, which helped form part of the dedicated Town Team in Leyland, Coun Peter Mullineaux, said: “While we’re all disappointed to have missed out again, I’m delighted with the way the town pulled together to produce two excellent bids with some fantastic ideas.

“I’d like to thank the Town Team for all their efforts, and I hope we can continue to work together to build on the momentum gained as part of the bidding process.

“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the successful applicants to see if there’s anything we can learn from them, while pushing ahead with some of our own ideas to improve Leyland.”

The ideas put forward as part of the bid are still set to be rolled out across Leyland over the next few years, but will not benefit from Mary’s help or government cash.

- For an update on the plans, see next week’s Leyland Guardian.

The 15 new pilot areas are:

Ashford

Berwick

Braintree

Brighton

Hatfield

Roya

Leamington Spa

Liverpool

The Waterloo area of central London

Forest Hill in south London

Tower Hamlets

Loughborough

Lowestoft

Morecambe

Rotherham

Tiverton

The 12 initial chosen towns are:

Bedford

Croydon

Dartford

Great Bedminster

Liskeard

Margate

Market Rasen

Nelson

Stockport

Newbiggin by the Sea

Stockton on Tees

Wolverhampton