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LONDON mayor Boris John­son put the fin­ish­ing touches to a £2mil­lion re­gen­er­a­tion project in North­wood Hills by plant­ing a tree – or at least pre­tend­ing to.

The prospec­tive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip man­aged two or three scoops of dirt be­fore set­ting down his shovel, jok­ing: “I might un­cover some se­cret grave.”

He was joined by Hilling­don coun­cil­lors in Joel Street, out­side the sta­tion, where he also un­veiled a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque and ex­am­ined new mu­rals on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 4.

Ar­riv­ing from the sta­tion, he de­clared: “My God, it’s beau­ti­ful! Did we do this? The mu­rals – they’re sen­sa­tional!”

He added: “I think it’s all fan­tas­tic, re­ally imag­i­na­tive. I’m very proud.”

The project has been funded by £1.3mil­lion from the mayor’s re­gen­er­a­tion fund and £450,000 from Hilling­don Coun­cil, plus ad­di­tional cash from Trans­port for London.

The money has been spent lin­ing the cen­tre of the road with trees, im­prov­ing shop fronts and cre­at­ing 30-minute ‘stop and shop’ park­ing bays.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the road bridge over the rail­way is now home to Europe’s long­est enamel mu­ral, cre­ated by graf­fiti artists Cosmo Sar­son and Gor­don Col­lett.

■ ‘FAN­TAS­TIC’: Mayor of London Boris John­son gets in a selfie and; (right) checks out the mu­rals Photo by Grant Humphreys www. buyapho­


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