Market Rasen praised by Portas in MP talks

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Market Rasen has been held up as a shining example of Portas Pilot Town success in front of a group of MPs.

The praise came from high street champion and retail guru Mary Portas herself, as spoke to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee on Monday, September 2.

Mary Portas during her visit to Market Rasen earlier this year

Mary Portas during her visit to Market Rasen earlier this year

“Market Rasen, they, since becoming a Portas town have held 12 monthly markets,” she told the MPs.

“This was a town that did not have a market - it was called a market town but did not have a proper market.

“Twelve monthly markets and they have won national awards, opened two community shops, created six new jobs and it has also helped to reduce the vacancy rate in the town by 50 per cent.

“They held their first arts and crafts festival and support more than 40 local makers, producers and artists.”

Miss Portas was called by 
the committee to answer 
questions about her high 
street review of 2011, which led to the setting up of the Portas Pilot scheme, a project that has come in for some fierce criticism.

Visit our website at www.marketrasenmail.co.uk to hear more about what Mary Portas had to say about her namesake project.