Moving your 'Town Team' up the Local Economic Growth league tables....

David Marlow: I started my first blog this year on town centres (Portas centres facing their own War of the Worlds) with a reference to Clacton's 1952 amateur film production of the HG Wells classic. Applications for Portas Pilots include +/-five minute Youtube clips from candidates, as a contemporary equivalent. The Empty Shops Network has posted a stream of (11) 'Inspirational Portas Pilot pitches'. If government was to use YouTube viewings to determine Portas Pilot designation, then Altrincham, with 4888 views (three times more than the second most popular on ESNs posting) is in with a great chance of the award.

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