The Kent seaside resort is not sure whether the Mary Portas
pilot for its high street will be good for business
Precisely what's going on with Mary Portas
and Margate? It began with £100,000 from Grant Shapps
, part of a regeneration pot worth £1.2m, to be shared with 11 other ''Portas pilots'' high streets. It doesn't sound like very much. "I'd call that a lick of paint, more than a regeneration," said Mathew Holter, who works in the Turner gallery.
But parking that for a second ... Portas comes with the money, along with a TV crew, to make a heartwarming rags-to-riches show in which her expertise, combined with the pluck of the townspeople, turn a depressed town back into a vibrant marketplace. So that's problem one: Colin Mitchell
, who works at a florist's in the high street, remarks. "They're bound to show all the bad bits and make them look really bad,