Mary to be Queen of Wolverton town?

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QUEEN of the High Streets Mary Portas could be set to help revamp Wolverton – but only if the town is selected as one of a number of Portas Pilots.

The team representing the town’s bid have until tomorrow’s deadline to submit their bid which includes a documented application along with a short YouTube video.

Wolverton will battle it out against around 350 other applicants from around Britain for a share of the £1 million on offer which will be divided between 12 pilot towns.

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Wolverton, Mike Galloway, has been part of the bid along with members of the Wolverton Steering Group, which includes a number of organisations in the town.

He said: “The team is confident because the bid is very strong. Some good work has been done regarding the Neighbourhood Plan in the town centre and we are now looking to take things forward.

“Wolverton has a good track record as a town for getting things done and we hope this is no different. This is not a money grabbing exercise, we are trying to be innovative.”

The Wolverton application is the only one that has been made after a Newport Pagnell bid was withdrawn.

However, the Wolverton bid has some strong backing thanks to the likes of Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, as well as the town’s supermar ket giants, Tesco and Asda.

Mr Galloway said: “We have engaged with both the big stores in the town and they have offered us their support for our application.

“Our video includes comments from a number of people telling the voting panel how successful working in and around Wolverton and the city on the whole can be.”

Mr Galloway was quick to say that the application must not be seen as opposition to any of the shopping facilities in nearby towns, such as Stony Stratford and Newport Pagnell or larger ones in Central Milton Keynes.

He added: “This is not in opposition to any of our neighbours and it’s not party political. It is heavily supported and let’s hope it all works out.”

The team will now find out about the success of their bid after the elections in May but Mr Galloway admits it has been a tough job to get the bid together.

He said: “It is so hard trying to stick to the limit of three to four minutes with the video because there were so many people who we really wanted to include and we had a real mix of people with some great opinions.”