Town centre cash windfall boost hopes

Mexborough’s ailing High Street could be in line for a Government cash boost to help bring empty shops back into use.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies wants to direct money at the town centres of Mexborough and Thorne after Doncaster was told it would receive cash under the Government’s High Street Innovation Fund.

The fund is a £10 million Government pot intended to be used for bringing empty shops back into use - inspired by a report commissioned from TV retail expert Mary Portas.

The Government wants it to be used to support new business start-ups whilst bringing empty High Street properties back into use. Mr Davies said he was currently looking to see what strings are attached to use of the money.

Doncaster is due to receive £100,000.

Mr Davies said: “This money is being awarded to places including Leeds. It is being given to areas with successful town centres.

“I don’t yet know what strings are attached, but clearly they are hoping we will encourage owners of vacant property to get those shops into use.

“I would like to spend this money on Thorne and Mexborough to help revitalise their town centres, and I’m exploring that.”

Mexborough Councillor Sue Phillips, said she thought the money would be useful if it targeted the area near to Mexborough market.

She said: “There is definitely a need to bring back into use empty shops in Mexborough. It is one of the principal towns in Doncaster. No one likes to see shops that are shuttered.

“It is not just about shops looking unsightly, it is about trade for the local economy.”

The move comes as Mexborough

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