Relaunched group hoping to put pride back into Scunthorpe and Ashby town centres
A group is preparing to relaunch in a bid to revive the town centre.
The Scunthorpe Renaissance Town Team will work to bring opportunities and investment to the town centre in Scunthorpe and Ashby to make them more appealing to visitors.
A steering group of 10 members has organised the relaunch, where they hope to boost their numbers to nearer 40. The original group disbanded in 2011
The relaunch has already received support from town MP Nic Dakin, as well as North Lincolnshire Council and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Trade.
John Hayes, acting chairman of the Scunthorpe Renaissance Town Team, said: "We want to put pride back into the town, with real focus on Scunthorpe and Ashby.
"It looks as though Scunthorpe town centre is left to decay at times. We want to make it look like a place that people will want to visit and come back to.
"The maintenance of the town centre needs to be improved and our campaign is to bring pride back to the town. The gardens and grounds by the Civic Centre and Central Park look perfect and we want Scunthorpe town centre to be just as nice. The town centre really needs some love, care and attention."
The town team will meet at 6pm at the Civic Centre on Thursday, October 4 to officially relaunch.
Mr Hayes hopes that the meeting will see more organisations, businesses and residents back the town team.
He said: "The relaunch is aimed at getting more people on board to add their efforts to the team.
"With more people, we could split into sections and take on different projects around Scunthorpe and Ashby.
"Through the work of volunteers, you can change people's perceptions of a place. The Olympic Games proved that this year.
"We want to show people that Scunthorpe is a nice place to visit, shop at and enjoy. We are starting with no funding. Hopefully, with the coalition government focusing on the regeneration of towns, there might be some funding heading our way in the future."
Mr Dakin, the Labour MP for Scunthorpe, said: "This is a really positive initiative.
"Bringing local people together to relaunch the town team is a good move, because the Government recognises that a town team is helping to improve its local town centre.
"In this case, that is Scunthorpe and Ashby. We have recently seen many town teams be awarded money through schemes to improve town centres, such as the Portas incentive. Having a very active town team will no doubt help this.
"I see it as a very positive move and I hope that lots of people come to the relaunch to show their support."