‘Town team’ to help revamp of high street

Shoppers enjoy the sun in Gosport High Street.
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SHOPKEEPERS and community groups are being invited to form a ‘town team’ to help boost Gosport’s High Street.

Gosport Borough Council will hold an open meeting to discuss the problems facing its shopping precinct.

And it wants residents, businesses and retailers to have a say in what should be done with the council’s £100,000 high street grant.

The town team will make decisions about the town centre and what can be done to help boost business in the area.

Anyone who wants to join is invited to nominate themselves at a meeting with the council next month.

The leader of the council, Mark Hook, said: ‘The creation of a town team represents an exciting development for Gosport.

‘It will allow local interested parties to contribute to creating a vibrant town centre for the town.

‘With the forthcoming redevelopment of Gosport’s waterfront, I would welcome anyone with a stake in how Gosport’s High Street evolves to attend this meeting and put their views forward.’

The council was given £100,000 by the government earlier this year to spend to improve its High Street.

Gosport is also still in the running to be given special measures under the government’s Mary Portas Pilot scheme.

TV retail expert Mary Portas was brought in by the government to come up with ways to boost ailing town centres.

Later this year 12 towns will be picked to trial her ideas.

The meeting takes place at the Gosport Discovery Centre on June 12 from 5pm.

If you want to attend the meeting, please call (023) 9254 5425 or e-mail prosperity@gosport.gov.uk.