High Street Minister visits Belper

The national spotlight was again turned on The Great British High Street winner, Belper, on Thursday 15 January, when High Street Minister, Penny Mordaunt came to town.

The Minister’s visit followed a recent ceremony at Westminster, when representatives from Belper were officially presented with the prestigious awards as both Best Market Town and Best High Street in the UK.

During Thursday’s visit Penny Mourdant was guided around some of the Town’s winning projects by members of the Belper Vision Group. She was introduced to local retailers, many of whom participate in the Totally Local scheme and Belper Ambassadors project. She also took the opportunity to see the Belper Mosaic Railway Project – due to be installed at the town’s railway station in the spring.

The Minister seemed particularly pleased to hear that many of the initiatives and projects that had helped Belper scoop the national award were continuing to be developed, and that in the past few weeks many new volunteer partners had stepped forward and offered to work with Belper Vision.

Amber Valley Borough Council Leader, Councillor Paul Jones, who also attended the visit, commented: “It’s fantastic for Belper to receive such attention and be recognised for the creative and committed efforts it has made to improving the shopping experience for its residents and visitors. This will almost certainly lead to important economic benefits for the town. We are hoping elements of Belper Vision’s work can be replicated in our other town centres across the Borough.”

GBHS Visit To Belper  - Fresh Basil , Leader & Mayor

Image : High Street Minister Penny Mourdant Visit to Belper to Celebrate Belper Great British High Street. Fresh Basil – Charlotte, Wendy Moore, Penny Mourdant, Cllr Paul Jones, Leader Amber Valley Borough Council, Cllr Joe Booth, Belper Town Mayor

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