Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot Update

The Market Rasen Mail covers our Portas Pilot work!

Brilliant coverage in The Market Rasen Mail this week for the Portas Pilot bid, led by the business community with the support of the Town Council and the Rasen Neighbourhood Plan. Thank you to Market Rasen’s local paper for bringing our story to a wider audience once again.

To read the full story, do go out and buy a copy in the high street to support our local press!

It all started with 140 letters, hand delivered to local businesses in the cold depths of January. Image from our Instagram gallery showing the River Rase at sunrise and our much loved ducks

We’ve come such a long way in so few weeks. From sending well over 140 letters to local businesses by hand in the freezing cold of January (to see who was interested in starting a business improvement group), to filming over four days for our Portas Pilot supporting video in the welcome sunshine of March.

On the way we’ve held two meetings (open to all businesses in the Market Rasen area), to find out what they think about the town and its future. During those meetings we’ve brainstormed and bounced ideas off each other to turn those hopes into a plan. We now have at least 45 actions to tick off, a group of nearly 50 businesses, a great presence in the local press and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and of course our Market Rasen Town Guide website and this Mr Big Blog.

And the decision to go for Portas Pilot was only made on our meeting on March 12th, following a BBC radio interview with Mayor Ken Bridger and Look North’s own Peter Levy. We also carried out a Facebook Poll were 96% of responders were in favour of a bid.

Our award winning train station lovingly maintained by The Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, a big asset to this special little town. We hope the high street can be transformed with the same energy and commitment!

This has meant a huge effort by a core MR BIG team to produce the best proposal we can, to honour all we’ve heard from the community so far, and meet the bid criteria – all by the end of the month. Crucially we feel we’ve got four cracking ideas – innovative and replicable in other towns – to entice Mary Queen of Shops into Market Rasen’s Queen Street.

Thanks also to the rallying cries of support from Market Rasen residents, past and present, via the wonderful Market Rasen Memories Facebook Group which is well worth joining for glimpses of our town in its heyday.

We’d like to thank everyone for their help and support and hope you’ll get behind Market Rasen’s Portas Pilot bid.

MR BIG’s Sarah and Sara will be at the Rasen Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting from 10 am – 12 noon, on Saturday March 24th at the Salvation Army Hall, John Street, Market Rasen. They seek to meet any other business who would like to get to work on the Action Plan in early April, as soon as the Portas Pilot is finalised at the end of next week.

All to be revealed with our Portas Pilot video upload on March 30th.

Keep your eyes peeled on YouTube.

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