Bexleyheath town centre receives a £270,500 boost
PUBLISHED: 11:59 03 August 2011
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Bexley has been awarded £270,500 to rejuvenate Bexleyheath town centre by revamping street furniture, replacing bins and tree grills as well as a deep clean.
The award from the Mayor of London’s fund was announced today as part of a £10 million hand out across London boroughs.
Set up in March, the Mayor’s Outer London Fund is a £50 million three year scheme to grow economic activity and drive employment in parts of London benefiting less directly from large-scale infrastructure investment in the capital such as Crossrail and the 2012 Games.
The second round, open until October 14, will see the allocation of over £40 million of funding to develop longer-term projects to regenerate areas ranging from a small parade of shops to town centres.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: “Investing in our town centres and local areas is absolutely key to maintaining London’s position as the best big city in the world. This cash injection means councils, like Bexley, can start work today to attract more people into their area, boost economic growth and bring the buzz back to their high streets.
“But this is just the beginning. With over £40 million left to spend immense changes are on the horizon for some of London’s town centres, changes that will not only enhance but intensify the character, colour and identity of those places we call home.”
Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, Daniel Moylan, who is working closely with the mayor on the fund said: “This money will provide a real boost for town centres which are suffering from the effects of a slower than expected economic recovery. Giving councils immediate access to the funds means that they can plough ahead with their successful bids and get their areas ready to take full advantage of the Christmas period. “An investment in our town centres is an investment in economic growth and quality of life for all Londoners and I look forward to the proposals for the second round of the Fund which are set to bring about real long-term change for centres across the capital.”