Stamford town team takes shape ahead of first meeting

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The members of a team set up to try and rejuvenate Stamford’s high street have been confirmed.

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce put its idea of a “town team” to Stamford Town Council at the start of the year.

The chamber wanted to form the group and take action to boost footfall in Stamford town centre amid worries a planned retail park next to Morrisons in Uffington Road could damage high street trade.

Since then things have progressed quickly and the members of the town team are now in place.

Stamford town councillors Max Sawyer, John Dawson, Graddon Rowlands, Bob Sandall, John Hicks, Maxine Couch and Tony Storey are on the team.

They are joined by chamber president Tim Lee and Mercury deputy editor Mike Roberts.

The team will meet for the first time tomorrow (Friday) in the town hall in St Mary’s Hill to identify issues in Stamford and come up action points and potential new members.

Coun Sawyer, who set up the team, said: “I hope this is going to result in action.”

The team is based around the ideas laid down by retail expert Mary Portas, who led a Government-sponsored study into the state of Britain’s high streets.