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Roman Road receives "Town Team" funding

PUBLISHED: 16:28 23 October 2012

19/06/2012: (L-R) Bow residents Paula Hirst and Lorna Hughes set up Roman Road Town Team to revamp the trade at Roman Road Market. They have been inspired by TV retail guru Mary Portas, who encouraged British communities to formed

19/06/2012: (L-R) Bow residents Paula Hirst and Lorna Hughes set up Roman Road Town Team to revamp the trade at Roman Road Market. They have been inspired by TV retail guru Mary Portas, who encouraged British communities to formed "Town Teams" and bring back to live the local high streets.

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Roman Road has been announced as one of the beneficiaries of a new government scheme aimed at revitalising the nation's high streets.

The Roman Town Team, set up by residents who want to breathe a new lease of life into the area, previously missed out on funding under the Mary Portas-inspired pilot scheme earlier in the year.

However, a new batch of funding announced on Tuesday by communities and local government minister Mark Prisk MP, is set to give the team a cash injection of £10,000 to help revive the road’s businesses.

Paula Hirst, one of the founders of the Roman Town Team, said: “Getting recognition is great and the funding should help us to get the ball rolling.

“We’re pleased, but it’s small beginnings and the money won’t go very far - there’s a long journey ahead.”

The group is now looking into using the money to run some events in the run-up to Christmas, and is also hoping to set-up workspaces in the area for local people in order to promote local businesses.

Announcing the funding, which is to be made available to a number of similar schemes around the country, Mr Prisk said: “No one’s pretending that there’s a silver bullet for improving the performance of our town centres.

“But Town Teams can channel their energy and enthusiasm into promoting a more exciting and competitive offer on our high-streets, and help them thrive for years to come.”

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