Several high streets in north-west London will benefit from funding under schemes aimed at revitalising town centres.
Almost £7.5 million will be spent in Wealdstone, Harrow, to build a bridge between the new Harrow View East housing development and the town centre.
Part of this funding, secured under the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, will also be used for wider public realm improvements, as well as a continued push towards ‘smart city infrastructure’ in the area.
Harrow Council explained Wealdstone remains a priority area in the borough, including in terms of boosting housing and employment.
Cllr Varsha Parmar (Lab, Marlborough), who is responsible for the environment at Harrow Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Wealdstone and for the borough as a whole.
“It will help with greater connectivity between key parts of the area and improve and rejuvenate Wealdstone high street.”
In addition to this scheme, the council announced on Friday (May 21) that more places in the borough will receive dedicated funding under its own high street improvement programme.
The funding will be used for public realm and “creative and artistic improvements” in Edgware, North Harrow, South Harrow, and Rayners Lane.
Cllr Graham Henson (Lab, Roxbourne), leader of Harrow Council, explained it would continue to work with residents, businesses, and councillors in these areas to see how to use this money.
He said: “The programme offers us a chance to bring exciting changes to the high street and surrounding area, helping to improve the overall shopping experience for residents and local businesses.
“Through consultation we gathered the views of the local area, to feed it into the design process, so the high streets reflect local needs.
“We won’t implement anything without clear support from the local residents, businesses and community.
“The feedback and insights gained from the initial engagement, will be used to shape amended proposals for each area.”
In neighbouring Brent, the council welcomed the latest offering from Historic England’s ‘High Streets Heritage Action Zones’ programme, which will be used to support community-led activities in Harlesden.
The £100,000 grant will celebrate the cultural make-up of the area and allow residents to take part in a series of workshops to build practical skills.
Cllr Shama Tatler (Lab, Fryent), who is responsible for regeneration, property, and planning at Brent Council, said: “Harlesden has a rich cultural heritage, woven together by the people who call it home.
“The funding will help shine a light on previously unexplored corners of that diverse tapestry.
“It’s all part of the wider investments we’re making to breathe new life into Harlesden town centre and help boost local businesses there.”