OPINION: What people think of Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot success

MP Edward Leigh said: “Very few towns in England have been chosen, but it’s not really the funding that’s important so much as people in Market Rasen coming together in the right spirit of things to rejuvenate a market town.

“This news is very good for Market Rasen and I have every confidence those involved in this endeavour will succeed in their efforts.”

Market Rasen mayor Steve Bunney said: “We’re delighted the group has come together and taken a positive attitude to improving Market Rasen.

“They deserve all the glory and we will support them in any way we can.”

WLDC councillor for Market Rasen and town councillor Ken Bridger said: “This is like a fairytale for Market Rasen – it’s a new chapter for the town.

“A lot of decisions need to be made and there’s a lot of hard work to come but I’m really excited.”

Founding member of MR BIG and local business woman Sarah Lamballe said: “We’re absolutely over the moon that all of our hard work has paid off.

“We’ve managed to turn around a general attitude of apathy, into some really strong and positive belief that our town can be re-invigorated. Securing the funding really is the icing on the cake.” A comment from Tammi Franklin on the Rasen Mail’s Facebook site said: “More markets but proper food markets like they use to be, get the empty shops occupied and a good lick of paint.”

Market Rasen Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance shop manager Margaret Lakin-Whitworth said: “The money has to be spent on the full length of the street, not just the Market Place. That would be really good.”