A second batch of struggling towns are celebrating after pocketing cash from Mary Portas’ scheme to regenerate failing high streets.

Fifteen areas will each pick up £100,000 in the second phase of funding. They are:

  • Ashford;
  • Berwick;
  • Braintree;
  • London Road in Brighton;
  • Hatfield;
  • Royal Leamington Spa;
  • Lodge Lane in Liverpool;
  • the Cut in Waterloo, London;
  • Forest Hill in south London;
  • Chrisp Street, Watney Market and Roman Road in Tower Hamlets, east London;
  • Loughborough;
  • Lowestoft;
  • Morecambe;
  • Rotherham; and
  • Tiverton.

The first dozen beneficiaries of the scheme were unveiled in May, with Margate and Croydon among those receiving cash.

Communities minister Grant Shapps today said an additional £5.5m would be made available to form ‘Town teams’ in almost 400 areas that lodged unsuccessful bids.

“The enthusiasm that has been generated by the ‘town teams’ initiative is a really positive outcome of Mary Portas’ work,” said James Lowman of the Association of Convenience Stores.

“The successful bids now have an opportunity to show some real best practice about what towns can do working together in partnership. We also welcome the fact ministers have put in place additional support for the many hundreds of towns that have made bids that were not successful.”