Waltham Forest London Borough Council has announced that it has been allocated funding from the Levelling Up Fund to help with the improvement of neighbourhoods.
Central government has allocated £8.4 million to the council as they look improve town centres, parks and neighbourhoods for the benefit of residents in Chingford Mount and Highams Park. This funding will also be topped up with £1.9 million of investment from the council, with it going towards projects such as:
- Increasing the appeal of Memorial Park, with this bringing a new community café, public toilets and a large climbing net. The tennis courts will also be resurfaced and equipped with new nets.
- Chase Lane Park will be developed with new play aera, a new skate park and an outdoor gym.
- Rolls Park will be improved through better surfaces, covers and flood lights.
- Plans to make Chingford Mount safer and more inclusive through increased greener and public art.
- Higham’s Park will be given high street improvement’s, with this bringing new retail space for start-ups. A new raised crossing will also be introduced to provide access from the Aldriche Estate.
Leader of the council, Councillor Grace Williams, said:
“I’m delighted that the council’s bid for £8.4 million of levelling up funding for Chingford Mount and Higham’s Park has been successful, following our earlier awards for Walthamstow and Leyton in partnership with TfL. It shows the confidence that the government has in our record of delivering projects across the borough and bringing our residents the improvements they want to see in their neighbourhoods.
“The success builds upon years of engagement with local people to create the Chingford Mount Area Framework. I’d like to thank Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP for his letter of support for our bid and the work we are doing in the area. We are all committed to putting residents at the heart of everything we do through our new neighbourhood-focused approach.
“We are the only London council to have received money in yesterday’s announcement. It demonstrates the strength and clarity off the bids we have submitted and the delivery plans outlining how we will use this money to help our residents.
“The council is committed to building communities where everyone has their say in the decisions that affect them and their families, where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential, and where prosperity is shared between all.”