Harrow Council, in partnership with the University of Westminster, Harrow College, Stanmore College and ACAVA, has made the Creative Enterprise Zone shortlist.
The development grant will, hope Harrow Council, be used to show that Wealdstone, with its historic links to industry and the arts, and its young, dynamic population, is a worthy winner for the workspace, support, skills-building and community it can provide.
Keith Ferry, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for business and regeneration, said: “Helping young people into the jobs they want, in the industries they aspire to, in a place that they can call home… That’s what building a better Harrow is all about. We’re bringing the council to Wealdstone, we’re bringing a new town square and homes to Wealdstone – and this grant shows we’re serious about bringing jobs and a future to Wealdstone, too.”
The council say the revival of Wealdstone’s proud creative heritage is already well underway. Honouring the local traditions of Whitefriars Glass and Winsor and Newton – this week the town celebrates the launch of Whitefriars Studios. It brings new artists’ studios and gallery space on the very site of the former Winsor and Newton fine arts materials factory.
Wealdstone’s bid will now focus on developing a full bid with the former Kodak and Winsor & Newton Factory sites at their heart. The final winners of the competition will be announced later this year.