Mayor hands out £24m for community regen

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has awarded £24 million of funding to projects from across the capital – including in Harrow and Wandsworth – that will he hopes enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.

More than 200 bids for funding were made to the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), and 27 are now being taken forward.

Successful bidders include funding for Mission Kitchen at New Covent Garden Market, which will be used to offer affordable kitchen space to food start-up businesses and professional training to Londoners from all backgrounds; and the creation of a public square in Lyon Road, Harrow, and adjacent “pop up test restaurant”.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.

“The projects I announced funding for today will help us to tackle inequality, strengthen civil society, and ensure the benefits of regeneration are felt by all.”

The Mayor launched the Good Growth Fund to help deliver the objective of ‘good growth’ as outlined in ‘A City for All Londoners’, which set out plans to create a city where no community is left behind and everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

LEAP Board Member, Natalie Campbell, said: “The investments announced today include exciting, innovative and collaborative proposals which will go towards improving the landscape and opportunities for London’s unique communities to thrive.”

Harrow’s new eatery will be part of the redevelopment of the former Cumberland Hotel site, being undertaken by Origin Housing. The cash comes from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, with £485,000 in capital funding from the GLA matched by private sector funding.

Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for business and regeneration, said: “Harrow town centre is on the rise. New businesses, restaurants and cafes are coming in – and this investment will give Harrow’s budding food entrepreneurs a chance to test their ideas on shoppers like me, before taking the plunge.

“I say it time and again. Building a better Harrow isn’t just about revitalising our borough with homes for Harrow people. It’s about extra public space. It’s about shops and offices – and places to eat and have fun. We’re proud to be winning cash with our plans to support that.”

Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said of the Harrow project:  “This project is a great example of how we can work with local communities on projects in a way that will help ensure the benefits are felt by all.”

The funding allocated to Harrow Council will be put towards a new public square on Lyon Road for markets, events, playspace and outdoor seating; the creation of a pop up test restaurant with industrial kitchen providing opportunities for small businesses and new businesses in the food sector to scale up and grow their business; a market operator to run markets on the new space; and pod kiosks on the new square to serve a range of uses from food and retail, to exhibition space.

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