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St James Street set for regeneration

Waltham Forest has received a £1.46million grant from the
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to revitalise Waltham Forest’s historic St James
Street area.

The Walthamstow St James Townscape Heritage project will involve
an investment totalling nearly £3million between HLF and the Council and aims
to preserve and enhance the historic character of the St James conservation area
located at the western end of Walthamstow High Street.

The St James conservation area will benefit from
improvements to shop fronts and key historic buildings as well as new paving,
lighting, landscaping and signage.

Leader Chris Robbins
said: “We are delighted to receive this
crucial funding from Heritage Lottery Fund to invest in Walthamstow’s St James

“This scheme is an
unprecedented opportunity to restore the fine historic architecture within the
St James conservation area and will help local people understand and feel part
of the area’s heritage. 

“The investment will enable
the Council to continue its commitment to improving its High Streets and act as
a catalyst for further regeneration in the area.”

The works will be complemented by a programme of
activities engaging the local community to explore their heritage and support
local businesses.

Activities include building conservation and maintenance
workshops for property owners and occupiers, business training and the
establishment of a Project Hub located in The Mill for people to learn more
about the project and how to get involved.

Stuart Hobley, Head of HLF London, said: “Thanks to money
raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to support the plans to
enhance the historic St James Street area. Investment in Townscape Heritage
projects go well beyond bricks and mortar, they inspire pride in our heritage,
contribute to strengthening the local economy and enable people and
organisations to work together for the future of their local townscape.”

As part of the project, trained local volunteers will
produce an oral history digital archive documenting the people and heritage of
St James Street past and present which will be on exhibition to the public.

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