“we need to make our town centres as attractive and welcoming as we possibly can.”
He said among specific ideas suggested for Garstang were better signage from the A6 to the town centre, the possibility of altering some pavements, and the bringing back of a 50% grant towards the cost of shop front improvements as an incentive to traders to boost their image.
He said: “If we win the bid, it will be fantastic, but even if we don’t, the fact that the various towns of Wyre have got together to talk about and swap ideas...is a very positive move for the future.”
Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson said the fact that Wyre’s bid was for several town centres could make the borough’s bid more attractive to the panel which chooses the successful bidders.
Garstang will have tough competition from other towns around the country, including local bidders Kirkham and Leyland.
Mary Portas’ recently issued “Portas Review” for the government outlined what she thought had led to the decline of traditional high streets, and made 28 recommendations about what could be done “to breathe life back into them.”