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£60,000 goes on ‘Portas town’ improvements in Nelson
TRADERS in Nelson are celebrating after £60,000 of Nelson’s Mary Portas cash was spent on the area.
Two projects are to take place with the money in Scotland Road, 11 disc car parking bays on the pedestrianised section are to be created and play equipment for children and families will be installed.
The investment means the Nelson Town Team, set up in the wake of Nelson being chosen as one of 12 Mary Portas pilot towns, have now spent the vast majority of the £100,000 they received.
Sally Burrell, chair of the town team, said: “I am very pleased and quite excited about the town team’s decision of how to spend this money.
“Parking in the pedestrianised section of Scotland Road is something traders have been wanting for a number of years. And installing play equipment on Scotland Road will make the area more attractive to families and fun for children. I’ve been quite surprised how many people remember the playing area that used to be in Nelson, next to the old Woolworths building. We’ve had lots of positive comments about bringing this back to Nelson.”
Shazad Ahmed, from Travelwise, in Scotland Road, said: “This is really positive news for Scotland Road and will help make it easier for our customers to shop with us.”
Coun Paul White, who looks after economic development, enterprise and growth in the area, said: “Not only will businesses on Scotland Road benefit from having parking close by, families will hopefully spend longer in the town centre, enjoying the space.”
The town team now needs to secure matched funding for the projects before work can start on the schemes.”
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