At less than a minute after midnight, the details of the 12 towns who have been selected for a share of just over £1m from the Portas Pilot was publicly released. The Portas Pilot was always going to be a tough competition with over 370 town’s applying. Helston put in a very strong bid, and to give their bid an extra edge, made a video that has to date, has had over 10,000 hits. Even Mary Portas had made positive comments on Helston’s video.
Sadly, Helston was not selected. The full list is HERE. Even though Helston was not selected, another Cornish town was. So well done Liskeard! The good news is there will be another round selected in July, with Helston’s bid automatically going through to that round.
Even though Helston was not selected, the town and businesses should not lose heart. I am seeing some great work from the business working in partnership with the newly appointed Town Centre Manager. This partnership working over the last few month has been excellent, and just goes to show what can be done if people come together to work for a common goal.
So well done Helston for coming together to help solve the problems facing the town centre.