New bid for Portas cash

Amble is to submit a new bid for major regeneration funding.

The town was unsuccessful in its original application to the Government’s Portas Pilot scheme – to win a tranche of £1.2million.

But with another chance of cashing in this summer, the town is gearing up for a second shot.

The application will be headed by Amble Development Trust, with the involvement of the town’s business club, and it is hoped that Amble Town Council will once again support the bid.

It is in its early stages but ideas up for consideration include regular street entertainment and two festivals a year for two years. Some of the points from the original submission may also be included.

Colin Harris, chairman of the business club – which fronted the first bid – said: “We’re delighted to be putting forward a second bid. It was decided to expand it to make more of the potential opportunity.”

A dozen communities across the country, including Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, were successful in the first round, but the quality of entries was so high, a second round of applications will be invited this summer.

Alnwick was also unsuccessful in the first round, but a request is being made to Alnwick Town Council for the bid to be enhanced and put forward for a second attempt.