BREAKING NEWS: Towns miss out on Mary Portas' £100k funding scheme
But second round of applications expected
AN AMBITIOUS national scheme to rejuvenate the country's town centres has passed Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough by.
The Department for Local Government and Communities has announced the 12 winners who will take a slice of the £1.2m pot and receive expert support from high-street guru Mary Portas to "bring life" to the otherwise struggling town centres.
More than 370 applications were submitted from around the country, but the lucky winners, which include Wolverhampton, Croydon and Stockport, could be joined by 15 more later this year.
Grant Shapps, minister for local government, said: "The quality and sheer number of applications has been overwhelming - 12 winning bids now have the chance receive expert advice and financial support, but I believe more towns deserve to be selected.
"Together these pilots can be the vanguard of a high street revolution, and others can look to their example to kick start a renaissance of our town centres."
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 26 May 12