This post was first published by My London on 31/12/2019.
Thornton Heath’s High Street is to benefit from a major cash injection to “rejuvenate” the area.
The High Street is among 14 UK town centres singled out by the High Streets Task Force to benefit from a £1billion Government fund.
A share of up to £25million will be spent in Thornton Heath. Some of this funding will go towards training and face-to-face support for small business owners based on the High Street.
It has not yet been announced how else the money will be spent.
The initiative was announced by the Government in response to recommendations of an expert panel chaired by Sir John Timpson, owner of shoe menders Timpson.
The news has understandably been welcomed by senior figures in Croydon.
Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North, said the funding is “long overdue”.
Mr Ree said: “Fantastic news that Thornton Heath will get regeneration funding from the independent High Streets Task Force – much needed, long overdue.
“Must now make sure the local community is in the driving seat over how it’s used.”
Councillor Mario Creatura, shadow cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, added: “Very welcome that Thornton Heath is one of the first to benefit from a share of the £3.6billion high streets investment.
“We’ll receive tailored expert support from the High Streets Task Force to help rejuvenate the area.”
Some may say the funding is vital for Thornton Heath after its high street was deemed to be the third most unhealthiest street in London in 2018.
The data, compiled by The Royal Society of Public Health, also said the high street in South Norwood was judged to be London’s fifth most unhealthy, while New Addington was sixth.
The new investment comes after a £2.78m project in 2017 to improve Thornton Heath.
Old street furniture was removed from the section of Brigstock Road between Chipstead Avenue and Quadrant Road outside the library and Trumble Gardens, with new kerbs, paving, trees and seats installed.
This was followed by similar work to the Whitehorse Road roundabout and the Parchmore Road / High Street junction.
The 14 places to receive funding from the Government
Swinton Town centre – Salford
Thornton Heath – Croydon
Cheadle – Staffordshire Moorlands
Aldershot Town Centre – Rushmoor
Stirchley – Birmingham
Accrington Town Centre – Hyndburn
Kendal – South Lakeland
Friargate – Preston
Coventry City Centre – Coventry
Hartlepool Town Centre – Hartlepool
Ellesmere Port Town Centre – Cheshire West and Chester
West Bromwich Town Centre – Sandwell
Huyton Town Centre – Knowsley
Withington District Centre – Manchester
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Original Article Link: https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/thornton-heath-high-street-part-17492793