Bishop’s Waltham gets boost in funding

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BISHOP’S Waltham will be given a boost thanks to a £10,000 grant.

The cash from the government comes after the Hampshire town failed to get £1.5m in funding as part of a ‘Portas Pilot’ town rejuvenation scheme led by shopping expert Mary Portas.

The government decided to hand out some money to areas which lost out – as long their MP backed the move.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery stepped in to help Bishop’s Waltham because he wants to see it improve.

He said: ‘It was a shame that Bishop’s Waltham was not picked for the Portas Pilot, but this £10,000 is a great consolation prize.

‘Bishop’s Waltham is not derelict or down on its luck hence the reason, I’m sure, it was not picked for the big project as there were much more deserving towns in need of the cash.

‘That doesn’t mean the £10,000 cannot be put to good use to help Bishop’s Waltham to continue to improve.’

The money will be used by Winchester City Council to improve the town.