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Public vote could win Romford town centre London’s best high street

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 19 October 2016

Watch out for the lucky telephone booth in Romford South Street today

Watch out for the lucky telephone booth in Romford South Street today

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Romford’s high street could be voted the best in London after it was shortlisted in the Great British High Street competition.

Residents have been urged to get behind Romford town centre, which will be competing for the title against Lower Marsh in Waterloo and Myddleton Road in Haringey.

The award, which is run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, celebrates work and initiatives to revive and diversify the country’s high streets.

The winner will be decided by public vote and will be inspected by judges from industry leaders including British Land, the Post Office and Holland & Barratt.

If Romford comes out on top, it will receive a share of the £100,000 prize pot along with expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and advice from Twitter UK to boost shop owners’ social media skills.

Lauren Martin, from the community initiative Made Public which works to revive Romford town centre with arts and culture, said: “We are overwhelmed by the fact that we are one of the finalists.

“We do love Romford and we love what it could become. We are really excited for everyone to get behind the campaign and vote for Romford,” she said.

Cabinet member for environment, regulatory services and community safety Cllr Osman Dervish said:“I’m delighted that we have made it on to the shortlist for this award.

“Thanks to the Romford Town Management Partnership and Made Public there is so much going on designed to make Romford town centre a vibrant shopping and leisure destination.

“Plans are already well-advanced to reinvigorate our historic market and the brand new Retailery initiative will help encourage new businesses to get a helping hand on the way to trading successfully in the town. I urge everyone to go to the awards website and vote for Romford.”

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said: “Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.

“There are bustling high streets up and down the country from North London to Northumberland and now is the time you can show support for your local area and get voting”.

The competition is sponsored by Boots.

Last year, there were 230 entries and more than 200,000 public votes, which crowned Bishy Road in York, Britain’s best high street.

You can cast your voted by visiting the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.

Voting closes on the 18th of November.

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