Banbury has been named as one of the country’s best high streets and has been selected as a finalist in the Great British High Street competition.
Banbury was submitted into the Town Centre category by Cherwell District Council and has now been confirmed as one of the top three nationally in its this category. It has beat out stiff competition as this year drew a record 900 entries across the 14 different categories.
To have a chance of winning Banbury has to get the most public votes which can be cast until November 18.
Cllr Lynn Pratt, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and the economy, said: “I am immensely proud of Banbury for having been confirmed as a finalist in these prestigious awards, and I expect it will be a big lift for the town centre.
“We couldn’t have reached this stage without the support of partners at organisations such as the Banbury Old Town Association, the town council, and the wider community.
“We are now redoubling our efforts to make sure residents, businesses and partner organisations all rally behind Banbury’s entry to help the town’s drive to win. The public vote is a big part of the decision to choose the winner, so I am encouraging everyone to show their support and get voting.”
In addition to the public’s votes, shortlisted town centres will be inspected by a judging panel, made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business, including British Land, the Post Office and Holland and Barratt. Their views will make up 50 per cent of the decision, with the public vote carrying the other 50 per cent.
Banbury and Bicester MP Victoria Prentis said: “I am thrilled that Banbury has been shortlisted in the Town Centre category of the High Street of the Year awards.
“It is certain that we would not have reached this position without considerable support and help from local partners, our District Council, businesses and of course, local people. Banbury has a thriving town centre and I am very pleased that this has been recognised nationally.
“I encourage all of my constituents to vote for our much-loved town. We must support Banbury’s entry as a Great British High Street.”
The ultimate winner will get a share of a £100,000 prize pot, plus expert training for town representatives from Google’s digital taskforce and Twitter, at its London office.
To cast your vote for free click here.