East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight is backing Market Weighton Town Centre to become a ‘Town Team Partner’.

The Town Team Partnership programme, funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, is being launched following the Government’s retail review by Mary Portas. The scheme will help boost trade on high streets and in town centres.

The scheme, which Market Weighton can only join because of the backing of Mr Knight, will give traders access to expert advice and networking forums and will also provide £10,000 to be used for upgrading the public amenities in Market Weighton town centre including the painting of public buildings, the addition of public seating, and/or cycle racks and hanging baskets.

Mr Knight said, “Retailers across the country have been hit hard by the global economic conditions. I welcome this scheme particularly because it aims to help independent and often family owned small business. I look forward to the Town Team Partnership driving new energy, ideas and enthusiasm in Market Weighton’s town centre.”