Boris’s re­gen­er­a­tion boost

Uxbridge scoops £2m from Mayor (who’s also the town MP)

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

BORIS John­son will in­ject £2mil­lion to re­gen­er­ate Uxbridge town cen­tre af­ter Hilling­don Coun­cil bid for a share of the Mayor of Lon­don’s £20 mil­lion Lon­don Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund.

The coun­cil will set aside the money to re­ju­ve­nate the High Street, Vine Street, Wind­sor Street, and to de­velop the space out­side the Civic Cen­tre for more com­mu­nity use.

The im­prove­ment work will be com­pleted in line with the Lon­don Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund’s timescale be­tween April 2016 and April 2018.

The Mayor, who is also MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, said: “High streets and town cen­tres the length and breadth of Lon­don are a hive of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity fu­elled by cre­ative minds.

“It’s im­por­tant that we make sure they con­tinue to meet the needs of a rapidly evolv­ing city and the tal­ented peo­ple who are key to its fu­ture suc­cess.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to see so many ap­pli­cants to this fund, of­fer­ing in­no­va­tive ways to nur­ture and sup­port the dy­namism and cre­ativ­ity that will power our econ­omy in the years ahead.”

The Lon­don Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund aims to make the most of the city’s wealth of tal­ent in cre­ativ­ity and tech­nol­ogy, and the Hilling­don pro­ject ‘Uxbridge Change of Heart’ se­cured £800,000, with a tough com­pe­ti­tion from 69 other ap­pli­cants.

Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Mills, Hilling­don cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion, said: “Be­ing awarded the Lon­don Re­gen­er­a­tion Fund means that we are on the right path to cre­ate a thriv­ing and vi­brant town cen­tre for Uxbridge.

“The changes be­ing planned re­in­force our com­mit­ment to the town and will en­cour­age the busi­ness com­mu­nity to make fur­ther in­vest­ment in Uxbridge, re­tain­ing it as a key com­po­nent of our bor­ough.”

The im­prove­ment work is said to com­ple­ment much greater pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment un­der way over the next few years, in­clud­ing the for­mer RAF Uxbridge, St An­drews, Char­ter Place with Pri­mark open­ing to­gether with ‘ Uxbridge Change of Heart’.

Hilling­don Coun­cil says that the cash boost will bring the “re­newal of the Uxbridge town cen­tre as well as cre­at­ing many new job op­por­tu­ni­ties”.

n RE­GEN­ER­A­TION GAME: Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son (right) pic­tured in Uxbridge High Street with Hilling­don Coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot in 2014

n NEW LOOK: The £2mil­lion will be spent on re­ju­ve­nat­ing the cen­tre of Uxbridge

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