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Wood Streets Goes for Gold

Wood Street in Walthamstow has been named as finalist in a prestigious awards scheme that celebrates the best urban streets across the UK, Ireland and Europe.


Wood Street is down to the final three in the Great Street category of the 2017 Urbanism Awards, which are organised by the Academy of Urbanism. The awards celebrate the best placemaking in urban areas, taking into account local character, quality of life, commercial success and viability, community health and wellbeing and connectivity.


An assessment visit took place on Tuesday 19 July where award judges came to Wood Street to sample everything it has to offer. The visit took in some of Wood Street’s best known buildings, shops, places to eat, facilities and artwork, with contributions from those who live, work and do business in the area.


Stop-offs included Wood Street Library, Golden Parade, the indoor market, the Georgian village, the Duke E17 pub, social enterprises Significant Seams and Mothers Hub, the Tall Tales mural and Wood Street station.


Cllr Clare Coghill, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and High Streets said: “It’s fantastic that Wood Street has been named as a finalist in the Urbanism Awards, and fingers crossed we will be celebrating again when the winners are announced in November.


“The Council has invested heavily in our town centres in recent years, and Wood Street is a fine example of where we spent our own money but also attracted significant external funding for improvements in recent years. It was great to have the opportunity to welcome the award judges and showcase everything that Wood Street has to offer.”


Over the past few years the Council has accessed funding from Transport for London and two rounds of the GLA’s Outer London Fund to improve the public and commercial areas of Wood Street. The area has also benefitted from improvements as part of the Council’s shopfront improvement scheme.


The winners of the 2017 Urbanism Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 16 November 2016. For more information visit www.academyofurbanism.org.uk


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