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Choir Leads Celebrations as Highams Park Shopfront Improvements are Completed in Time for Christmas

A Christmas celebration took place in Highams Park yesterday (21 December) to mark the completion of a shopfront improvement scheme which will giving a boost to local businesses and the town centre.

The improvements have been funded by a £100,000 grant which Waltham Forest Council was able to secure from the GLA via the New Homes Bonus. The New Homes Bonus is a fund that rewards local authorities for providing additional homes, with funding allocated for local regeneration schemes.

Nine local businesses have had improvements made to their shopfronts as part of the scheme. They are Corner Café, Flicks hairdressers, Good View Chinese takeaway, Café Mocca, Karen Jane Florists, Computers Fixed, Just for Gents, Willows Complementary Centre and Swift Supplements.

The shopfront improvements include new illuminated signage, contemporary window vinyls, hand-painted wooden features and 3-D signs. Each business has been involved in the design of their new shopfront, and care has been taken to ensure each shop maintains its own individual identity while keeping with the overall look of the high street. Construction work started in September 2016, and businesses were able to stay open while this was taking place.

To celebrate the launch a special ribbon-cutting ceremony took place with The Mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Peter Herrington, and Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets. Members of the E4 Harmony Choir sang some Christmas favourites to ring in the festive period, as well as a specially written song celebrating life in Highams Park.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets said: “The new shopfronts in Highams Park look absolutely fantastic, and really add to the appearance of the local area. I hope that all the local businesses included in the scheme are happy with the improvements. We have some wonderful local businesses here in Waltham Forest, and we want to keep investing in our town centres to help them thrive and encourage people to come and shop here.”

Toufik Tadjne, owner of Café Mocca said: “This is a great scheme and we’re really happy with the end product. The improvements will provide a real uplift for the area, and I’m grateful to all the staff involved.”

Waltham Forest Council is committed to improving town centres so that they have the mix of quality shops and services that residents need. It has invested in a number of shopfront improvements schemes across the borough in recent years.

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