Rugby MP Mark Pawsey welcomes Mary Portas report

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RUGBY has received a mixed verdict in a major report written by TV retail expert Mary Portas.

The so-called Queen of Shops has praised one of the town’s shopkeepers, whom she called a ‘champion of change’ - but is concerned about the appearance of the town centre.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey said he welcomed the review which Ms Portas carried out on behalf of the government.

Mr Pawsey said: “I am delighted that in her report Mary Portas has seen our town as making a positive contribution to changing the nation’s high streets through the dynamic people who live in Rugby.’

“In my role as a member of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee in Westminster we are actively pursuing ways that can protect and enhance the use of our town centres. We in the committee will shortly be publishing a report into the proposed changes to planning policies, and in our discussions have been considering a policy that will continue to put town centres first.

“The state of the UK’s high streets is of paramount importance to us as a nation and to us here in Rugby. The Portas Review is a substantial far-reaching document and to have Rugby’s name mentioned in it in a positive light is welcome news for our town. I too praise the people of Rugby and welcome her celebration of the charismatic local people we have in our town.”

FOR THE FULL STORY AND REACTION TO THE REPORT SEE TODAY’S (THURSDAY) RUGBY ADVERTISER