Chalk backs Cheltenham's high streets as frontrunners for national competition

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has hailed Cheltenham's local shopping areas as “clear frontrunners” to win this year's lucrative Great British High Street Competition. The competition, which was established by the The Future High Streets Forum, gives the public the opportunity to celebrate and nominate their local high street, with the winners given a share of a £50,000 prize fund to promote their local area.

The town's man in Westminister is encouraging local shops and traders associations to throw their hats in the ring. Mr Chalk believes that Cheltenham's retail diversity is strong and that with such a wide array of local shopping areas to choose from, the town has a good chance of securing national recognition.

Mr Chalk gave his enthusiastic support for local traders across the town. He commented ''Cheltenham has a great wealth of vibrant shopping districts, from the Suffolks, to Bath Road, Montpellier, Sixways and Prestbury Road to name but a few. It is impossible to choose a favourite, but I believe with an offering as strong as Cheltenham’s we should be clear frontrunners. I would warmly encourage businesses and traders associations to nominate their local area before the competition closes on 17 July.''

Applications can be submitted by visiting the following link http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/high-street-of-the-year-award