Chipping Barnet benefits from the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund
7th August 2011
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There is good news on the way for Chipping Barnet, according to the Barnet Times, which will receive a £416,685 windfall courtesy of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The Mayor is using his Outer London fund to give £50 million to various projects in the outer London boroughs over the next 3 years. 

The first awards, which amount to £10 million, go to 20 boroughs across the capital to help them boost their local economy. A further £40 million will be awarded later this year.

The biggest award, £715,000, went to Enfield Council to improve shop fronts, make use of vacant shops, create a new street market in Ponders End and refurbish street lighting and canopies.

Seventy bids were submitted and Barnet was one of the 30 winners. 

Barnet’s proposals include:

  • improving the open space, at St John the Baptist Church, in Wood Street
  • provision for hanging baskets on every High Street lamp post, planting of street trees
  • training and support for 20-25 independent High Street traders to help them to improve their window displays, merchandising displays, customer service and promotion in time for Christmas 
  • a £50,000 fund to be used, with some match funding from businesses, for such things as a loyalty card scheme, press advertising, banners.

The next round of bids for the remaining £40 million must be submitted by mid October. 

Whether you are a business owner or user in Barnet, what do you think? Will this help improve and revitalise the High Street in Barnet. What would you do to help local independent traders? And what of the rest of the borough? According to the council Barnet has the biggest population in the capital. Where in the borough would you like to see it spent?

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