Ripon misses out on Portas cash

How a Ripon ginnel might look with Lewis Carroll inspired murals (S)
How a Ripon ginnel might look with Lewis Carroll inspired murals (S)
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Ripon has missed out in its bid to become one of retail guru Mary Portas’ pilot towns and a take a share of a £1.2million regeneration fund.

Twelve first round winners were announced on Monday, May 31, but Ripon missed out on being one of the lucky centres.

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps revealed the successful bids in the first round of competition came from Bedford; Croydon, Greater London; Dartford, Kent; Bedminster, Bristol; Liskeard, Cornwall; Margate, Kent; Market Rasen, Lincolnshire; Nelson, Lancashire; Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland; Stockport, Greater Manchester; Stockton on Tees and Wolverhampton.

The towns will receive a share of £1.2million to put their winning plans for high street regeneration into action, as well as support from retail leaders including Mary Portas.

Ripon entered a video bid for the competition, including a three stranded plan to regenerate the city centre.

The bid included a scheme for Lewis Carroll themed murals in the ginnels around the city’s market square, as well as al fresco dining on the square.

Bids for the second round of competition are to be submitted by June 30.