SHIRLEY has failed to win funding under a national scheme for town centre regeneration.
But town centre bosses remain hopeful the area will bag a slice of the £1 million funding on offer, second time round. Twelve town centres have been named the first Portas Pilots, entitling them to funding and expert advice in regenerating their high streets - an idea proposed by retail guru Mary Portas in her report into shopping districts.
The unsuccessful candidates, which includes Shirley Town Centre Partnership, will automatically be entered into the second round. Results will be announced at the end of July.
As part of Shirleys bid, a retail development scheme to encourage new business is proposed.
Shirleys town centre manager, Becki Wood, said this week: Our main focus is the next round of bids and we are working on tweaking our bid slightly to give us the best chance.