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High streets in Havering and Redbridge (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

What specific action are you taking to support high streets in Havering and Redbridge, which are such a vital part of our community?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

We’re working to support high streets and town centres across London. The new London Plan supports a vibrant mix of uses in town centres to help attract customers and boost economic resilience, and encourages local councils to work with businesses and residents to prepare innovative town centre strategies. We recently published the ‘High streets – Adaptive strategies’ guidance as part of my Good Growth by Design (GGbD) programme. This work is underpinned by a multi-million-pound investment in high streets through the Good Growth Fund and Crowdfund London.

My Regeneration & Economic Development team are working closely with LB Redbridge on the Ilford town centre regeneration programme. This includes a £1.8 million Good Growth Fund investment in The Spark project to support new cultural uses and affordable workspace alongside public realm improvements and other measures to increase footfall and support the night time economy. We have also invested £1.6 million in the Rainham Innovation Hub through the Good Growth Fund to diversify and strengthen the business base and support local businesses to innovate and be more productive.

I have also pledged £30,000 through Crowdfund London to revitalise the physical fabric of high streets in Romford and Collier Row through large-scale public art interventions and close engagement with the local retail community.