Portas Pilot towns in review including Market Rasen
Retail guru Mary Portas says she has "taken a battering" from critics for attempts to revive the High Street.
She told MPs a review she was asked to do by ministers should have carried a "health warning" and "sometimes she wished she had not put her name to it".
But the businesswoman said it had put the issue on the public agenda and helped "create a sense of civic pride".
Twenty-seven towns and areas have been given funding to build a more diverse and sustainable shopping experience.
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Market Rasen is the smallest of the Portas Pilot Towns with 3,500 residents. Their bid focused on 4 key areas.
1) Town tidy up.
2) Putting the market back at the heart of the community.
3) Creating a sustainable shopping strategy via landlord engagement and training, development and support for budding entrepreneurs.
4) Promoting their offer to local, regional and national visitors.
Critics of the review - which focused on encouraging independent start-ups and community-oriented businesses to replace chain stores that had moved to out-of-town locations - said it was too "nostalgic".
Appearing before the Communities and Local Government Committee yesterday, Ms Portas said traditional High Streets had been "in decline" for 20 years and trying to reverse this would take a long time.
But she said her report had been a "catalyst for change" and kick-started some "incredible work", with half of the government's initiatives for regenerating High Streets based on her recommendations.
Ms Portas said the government had been slow to respond to her report and could be doing more but she had been assured by the prime minister that he was still supportive of her ideas.
But Labour's Simon Danczuk said the situation had "got worse" since the review, with the number of empty shops increasing.
In Market Rasen the vacancy rate is 10 per cent.