Bexley gets a boost from Mayor of London funds

PUBLISHED: 10:38 05 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 05 March 2015

Boris Johnson has announced new cash for Bexley

Boris Johnson has announced new cash for Bexley

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The area has received £165,000 of funding for a project to help local business

Small businesses and community groups in Bexley will be celebrating, after receiving £165,000 of funding from the Mayor of London to help revitalise and potentially reinvent the way we use our high streets.

The grants awarded came from the Mayor’s High Street Fund. This investment has levered around £20 million of match funding from local authorities and private sector partners.

The funding for Bexley is for a project which spans Greenwich too. Through this project, physical improvements to public spaces and buildings along Wilton Road, adjacent to Abbey Wood station, coupled with support for local businesses, are being used to revitalise this small high street, futureproof it for the arrival of Crossrail, and support major housing growth planned for the immediate area.

The proposal includes tailored business support for existing traders, exploration of the potential for a local street market and improvements to shop and building frontages.

The award is in addition to nearly £1.5 million of investment the Mayor of London has already made in Bexley through the Outer London Fund.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “The imagination, enterprise and creativity of Londoners has shone through in the array of ideas that were put forward to the High Street Fund. London’s high streets are no longer about retail alone and I am thrilled to be supporting projects that seek to diversify and unlock opportunities in our most prized urban assets.”

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