Cricklewood improvements continue

A revamp of Cricklewood Town Centre as part of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund is continuing with a series of further improvements to the area.

Work is already underway to enhance the town centre’s shop fronts, by relaying pavements with high quality granite paving, improving pedestrian crossings and providing new street furniture and trees.

Work is due to begin shortly to widen a section of pavement running along Cricklewood Lane, close to the B&Q store, to create a public space.

The new paved area will allow opportunities for market traders and will include a newly planted avenue of trees, new lighting, and street furniture.

New signage includes a rooftop sign overlooking the high street with “Cricklewood” spelled out in one metre high letters, and plans are in place to paint a similar sign on the railway bridge crossing Cricklewood Lane as well as under-bridge lighting and cleaning of the bridge’s brickwork.

The majority of the works are expected to be completed by March 2014.

The improvements are part of a £1.6million grant from the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund aimed at boosting the vibrancy of high streets and town centres across London.

The project is being delivered in partnership with Barnet, Brent and Camden Councils and the Cricklewood Town Team. Barnet and Brent Councils also contributed an additional £591,000.

A Cricklewood Town Team has recently been formed to work long-term on future improvements to the area.

Councillor Dean Cohen, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “These are testing economic times for all of the country’s high streets and I’m delighted to see further improvements underway which will continue to make Cricklewood a place in which people want to live, work and shop.

“This funding is a fantastic opportunity to provide a boost to the Cricklewood area.”

Danny Maher, Chair of the Cricklewood Improvement Programme, said: “It’s great to see the improvements taking place and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive changes.

“This is only the beginning of a rejuvenated, vibrant, pleasant and welcoming town centre. A big thanks to the GLA and Barnet, Brent and Camden for working with us on our vision for our community.”

In addition to Cricklewood, the Outer London Fund has also helped pay for improvements in North Finchley and Chipping Barnet.

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