Rasen’s new £101,057 High Street windfall

A share of a £1 million government funding pot is heading to Market Rasen.

The town is one of just seven across the country to receive money from The High Streets Renewal Fund, which recognises effective and innovative plans of communities working to bring their town centres back to life.

“We are delighted to be one of the seven chosen to share in this money,” said Sarah Scott, a director of Market Rasen Business Initiative Group, MR BIG.

“It recognises the work already done in the town - it is good to know we are doing the right things.

“We are still fully committed to the fact Rasen should have a market at the heart of the community.

“We will use the money to help continue the increase of footfall in the town and build on the original Portas Project.”

Having already established two community shops and the monthly popular award-winning themed market events, MR BIG will look at using the money for a community cafe and visitor centre for the town, improved marketing and even guerilla gardening to enhance the look of the area.

Other towns receiving a share of the money are Herne Hill, Northam Road in Southampton, Altrincham, Ipswich, Rotherham and Gloucester.

In making the awards, Local Growth Minister Mark Prisk said: “The High Street Renewal Award has encouraged towns to ‘up their game’ and put their best ideas to work in order to save their high streets, and we were delighted to see the high level of applications from all over the country.

“These are just seven of the many towns that came forward, and they are a shining example of what can be achieved.

“I would like to congratulate them for the innovative and interesting ways in which they have given their high street a new lease of life.

“It is in everyone’s interests to see our town centres thrive, and I want people across the country to take inspiration from these towns and look at what can be done when communities work together.”