No applications for Portas cash

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A scheme aiming to boost trade in a Northumberland village has been fully committed.

No new funding applications are being considered for the Portas pilot scheme in Newbiggin.

The village has benefited from the scheme, designed to back new ideas to boost trade and rejuvenate the high street.

Some of the projects implemented in Newbiggin include improvements to 23 properties; tourism marketing and promotions for the town; improved tourism and cycling signage; a transport feasibility study; improvements to Attlee Play Park; Christmas lights, and support of cultural activities such as Christmas fairs and music festivals.

One of the most successful events funded by the project was the Easter Vintage Fair which was held over the bank holiday weekend last year and attracted an estimated 8,000 visitors to the village.

Lynn Burns, chairman of the Newbiggin Portas Town Team, said: “The success of Newbiggin’s pilot has been down to hard work and commitment by all involved.

“By focusing on ventures such as tourism marketing and branding, making the high street more visually appealing by improving properties, and investing in fun events, the area has been given a real boost, and we hope to continue to attract people from across Northumberland and beyond to visit our wonderful seaside town.”

Coun Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “I am pleased that the Portas project has had some positive impact.

“Going forward, Northumberland County Council remains committed to continued investment in all its market towns including Newbiggin.”

Through the Portas scheme, Newbiggin was awarded £94,300. Newbiggin were also successful in securing further match funding of £54,000 from a variety of sources.