London Road was finalist in the 2014 Great British High Street awards – “Local Centre” category.
The awards are part of the “Great British High Street” initiative associated with Mary Portas’ government-backed drive to revitalise the High Street. Penny Mordaunt MP, minister for shops, presented the awards at a ceremony 11/12/14 in Westminster.
The regeneration of London Road has been rapid and obvious to all, and has bucked the trend for revitalisation which experts have said takes decades to achieve.
There has been a combination of factors coming together to bless London Road – the re-launch of the Open Market, the prospect of 351 students spending money (?) where there was a huge empty building, the arts-led revival epitomised in the Emporium, Council initiatives such as…
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