The £8.4m award from the Levelling Up fund will be invested in projects co-created with local children and young people to bring changes to town centres and parks in the area
It will help ensure young people have safe, inclusive places to socialise, develop, and express themselves as well as improve transport options and green spaces and parks. It will also bring an economic boost to local independent businesses and small traders by making the area even more attractive and welcoming.
Chingford Mount town centre will benefit from more greenery and public art as the council works to make the area safer and more inclusive, especially for children and young people. By including them in the design process they will be able to see that their voices and opinions are valued as they take a lead role in shaping the area in which they live and study.
Highams Park town centre will be given an economic boost with new retail spaces for startups and small businesses alongside enhancements including repaving the high street, new rain gardens to reduce the risk from flooding, and more street-lighting to help people feel safe. A new raised crossing will make it easier to access the area from the nearby Aldriche Estate.
The improvements will reflect the things that local people have told the Council they want to see through years of engagement to create the Chingford Mount Area Framework. Particular themes suggested by residents were making the area more child-friendly and giving young people more opportunities. Improvements to Memorial Park were especially highlighted. Other priority areas for investment included better high streets and town centres, improved air quality, and more money for community safety.
Read the Chingford Mount and Highams Park Levelling Up Fund bid.