Marple has applied for funding in the government's Portas Pilot scheme. This has to be worth the effort. With a nudge in the right direction and a few more things going on, the centre could start to thrive again. As Di Jackson says in the video, Marple is on a knife edge at the moment.
The bid is modest and realistic, some mentoring and promotional help for existing businesses and two more of the successful street markets.
There's some coverage of the bid - and Stockport's - here.