Town fails in its bid for Portas Pilot cash
CRAWLEY has missed out on a pot of gold to transform the High Street and help local businesses.
Towns all over the country applied for a share of £1.2 million from the Government's Portas Pilot scheme.
The money was made available following retail guru Mary Portas's damning report into the state of the country's high streets.
Croydon, Margate and Wolverhampton are among the 12 places set to share the money.
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Each successful bidder will receive £100,000 to boost their town centre's economy, but Crawley's bid was unsuccessful.
Crawley Borough Council's cabinet member for economic development, Claire Denman, said: "I'm really, really disappointed.
"We will continue to work with the businesses in the town to improve the retail options."
There is still hope for Crawley as a further 12 towns will be allocated a share of another pot of money at the end of July.