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Council announces investment in Highams Park and Leytonstone

South Leytonstone and Highams Park have been earmarked for significant investment thanks to the allocation of £600,000 agreed today (17 March) by Waltham Forest Council’s Cabinet.

The funding will bring about improvements to both public areas and shop fronts in the town centres – similar to previous successful schemes implemented in other high street locations around the borough.

“We first implemented shopfront improvements on Leyton High Road in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” explained Councillor Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets.

“That scheme won the Council a London Planning Award and since then we have rolled out similar projects at nine high street locations up and down the borough, spending £9million in making our town centres more vibrant and vital.

“This latest funding will allow us to apply the same principles to two areas of the borough that I believe will really feel the benefit.”

The funding has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus (NHB). The NHB is a fund that rewards local authorities for providing additional homes, with the monies allocated for the purposes of regeneration around the themes of the London Growth Deal, which includes employment, high streets, places of work and reclaiming land.

Two scoping reports have been commissioned to identify the opportunities and areas of improvement in Highams Park and South Leytonstone and the Council will be working with local residents and businesses to identify the very best ways to invest the money.

The Highams Park Planning Group will certainly be involved in advising the Council about what they would like to see in their area. Gordon Turpin, Chair of the Highams Park Planning Group, said, “The group now has 750 members and we have identified around 34 priority projects that we want to pursue, so there are lots of great ideas for ways to make the most of Highams Park and a real groundswell of support for positive change.”

The £100,000 allocated for interventions in Highams Park could include wayfinding and flankwall interventions, shop front improvements and transformation of underused public spaces.

South Leytonstone will receive £500,000 for improvements that will prioritise the ‘Southern Gateway’ junction of Cann Hall Road, High Rd Leytonstone and Crownfield Road with works consisting of conservation and restoration works, improved shop signage, better public spaces, and temporary usage (pop-up) interventions for vacant units within the area.

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