Market Rasen bids for further £70k after 'Portas' funds

Empty shops The government cash is intended to reduce the number of empty shops in the UK

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A Lincolnshire town which was one of 12 successful bids for a share of funding to improve local retail is applying for a further £70,000.

Market Rasen got more than £100,000 in May when it successfully bid for a share of a £1.2m Portas Pilot fund.

Its business improvement group said cash from the £1m Future High Street X-Fund was needed to sustain its work.

It said it wanted to continue to tidy up the town and that it needed more money for marketing and future ideas.

The funding was originally conceived in 2011 when the government asked retail expert Mary Portas to compile a report on how best to revive UK high streets.

The town's bid said its community team would "blitz" unkempt areas and work with landlords to fill empty shops.

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