Uxbridge College students have made a film to support a bid for a grant to boost Hayes town.A video to support Hayes’ bid for a slice of national funding to boost town centres has been made by a group of Uxbridge College students.The film has been made to support the application from Hayes Town Partnership led by Hillingdon Council to

Portas_screen_grab_bandstand_400_Uxbridge College students have made a film to support a bid for a grant to boost Hayes town.A video to support Hayes’ bid for a slice of national funding to boost town centres has been made by a group of Uxbridge College students.

The film has been made to support the application from Hayes Town Partnership led by Hillingdon Council to take forward recommendations from the High Street review that retail expert Mary Portas carried out last year, the Portas Pilot, a government regeneration scheme.

‘Made in Hayes’ can be seen on YouTube. It includes interviews with residents, business people, members of Hayes Town Partnership and Hillingdon Council staff, who talk about what Hayes has to offer – and why it deserves funding to fulfil its potential.

The film was made by three students on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production at Uxbridge College, Swornim Dennis Dewan (20), April McLean (19) and Shamsuddin Parbani (19).

The bid is for funding to set up regular street markets in Station Road – which will include stalls as ‘satellite’ outlets for existing businesses - and music events at four locations along the street.

The music events will capitalise on the town’s musical heritage - Hayes grew from the development of EMI and His Master’s Voice, and in its heyday more than 14,000 people worked at the factory.

Albums by the Beatles, Queen, Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones were among those pressed in Hayes.

If successful in the bid, Hayes will receive just under £100,000. Other partners supporting the Made in Hayes bid include Uxbridge College and is part of a £250,000 plan. The rest of the money would come from Hillingdon Council and the Cathedral Group – which has recently bought and is developing the EMI site as The Old Vinyl Factory -  and Uxbridge College.

David Brough, who is Chairman of Hayes Town Partnership and who appears in the film, said: “Uxbridge College is a really active member of the Hayes Town Partnership and I am delighted that the video supporting our bid has been made by a group of its creative media students. It is a very professional piece of work and really enhances the case for these vitally needed funds which would help make the Town Centre into a great place to visit and shop.”

Lorraine Collins, Executive Director – Enterprise & Development at Uxbridge College, said: “Uxbridge College students were delighted to be invited by Hillingdon Council to make the film using the facilities in our new media studio, and we are very pleased with the result.

“We hope the bid is successful and that our students will be involved in the street markets and musical events designed to make Hayes a vibrant and fun place to work, study and live.”

A decision is due to be received in early summer.

* The video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK8brdq7xVo

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