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Bromley, Penge and Orpington get thousands to improve high streets

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson

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Three towns in the borough will receive a total of £468,700 to improve their high streets and improve their Christmas fairs.

The money is part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Outer London Fund which aimed at boroughs which are not directly benefiting from big schemes such as the Olympics or Crossrail.

Bromley was awarded £308,700, Orpington received £90,000 and Penge will get £70,000.

In Bromley, the council plans to use the money to improve shop-fronts, improve links between the green spaces of Church House Gardens and the High Street, help support the Christmas fair and run a programme of events including a street theatre festival.

In Orpington the money will be used to support the Christmas fair and lights as well as new signs from the station to the High Street.

Meanwhile Penge’s allocation will be spent on improving seating and lighting in Empire and Arpley Squares as well as enhancing the Christmas lights and celebrations.

Mr Johnson said: “Investing in our town centres and local areas is absolutely key to maintaining London’s position as the best big city in the world. This cash injection means councils like Bromley can start work today to attract more people into their area, boost economic growth and bring the buzz back to their high streets.

Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, Daniel Moylan, said: “This money will provide a real boost for town centres which are suffering from the effects of a slower than expected economic recovery. Giving councils immediate access to the funds means that they can plough ahead with their successful bids and get their areas ready to take full advantage of the Christmas period.”


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