28 November 2011

Transforming Waltham Forest

Mayor Boris Johnson has placed a great deal of emphasis on improving the communities in Outer London and this is evident in my home borough of Waltham Forest.

Boris has set aside a £50m Outer London fund to help regenerate suburban town centres,  such as Wood Street town centre in Walthamstow, in the heart of the borough.

Thanks to this investment, this area is being transformed from a bland, boring high street into a safe, tidy shopping area and is giving residents a real sense of pride in their area. I know that the mayor is keen for more areas to benefit from this fund and I'm sure that more of Waltham Forest will benefit in the long term.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Waltham forest

16 November 2011

Boris's vision drives Ealing forward

With the London Mayoral election less than six months away, I'm asking myself the big question: What is Boris doing for Ealing?

And I'm pleased to say he is making a difference here in this large diverse borough which stretches from Southall in the west through Northolt, Greenford, central and south Ealing to Acton in the east.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Cycle lanes, Ealing, High streets, Outer london fund, Oyster, Police, Traffic flow

09 November 2011

I welcome Boris’ improvements to front-line policing in Lambeth

In Lambeth, the benefits of having Boris Johnson as Mayor are very practical and highly noticeable.

In my local park, a friend works with neighbours on a “grow-your-own” vegetable plot. The social and environmental benefits of bringing city dwellers closer to nature and the food chain are immense. So I am pleased that Boris has created over 80 green spaces in Lambeth alone that will allow similar schemes. 

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, London, transport | Tags: Booze ban, Green space, Grow your own, High street, Lambeth, Outer london fund, Police

08 November 2011

Harrow has benefited from Boris's hard work

Harrow is one of the most diverse areas of London, with residents from all walks of life contributing to the borough.

I remember feeling very neglected by Ken Livingstone and many Harrow residents felt the same. His focus on the ‘inner boroughs’ really did annoy people here. But since Boris has been Mayor we have benefited from his hard work, and his dedication to ensure that all boroughs receive the attention they deserve has not gone unnoticed.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Harrow, Jubilee line, Outer london fund, Tube

17 August 2011

£20m for Croydon & Tottenham

Tottenham and Croydon will be transformed through major regeneration, Mayor of London Boris Johnson pledged today.

The areas, two of the worst hit during the recent riots, will benefit from a £20 million 'London Enterprise Fund' given by Government to be directly invested by the Mayor in Croydon and Tottenham. This fund comes on top of both Boris Johnson's £50 million regeneration fund, as well as the Outer London Fund.

Working with local residents, businesses and the councils, the Mayor and his team will identify how the fund can secure the maximum regeneration impact. The 'London Enterprise Fund' is designed to enable rapid improvements, so the money could be used for things like rebuilding affected properties, providing business rate relief, investing in transport infrastructure and supporting local employment.

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Categories: crime, Fighting London's corner, London | Tags: Croydon, London enterprise fund, Outer london fund, Regeneration, Tottenham

03 August 2011

Investing in Outer London

Boris today announced the 30 projects across the capital that will be the first to benefit from the Mayor's Outer London Fund.  The projects, across 20 boroughs, will have immediate access to the funds so they can revitalise their town centres and give the local economies a boost throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

First round projects receiving funds include new temporary public art outside Waterman’s Arts Centre in Brentford High Street; refurbishing shop fronts and utilising vacant shops in Enfield; new green space at John the Baptist Church in Chipping Barnet, expanding the Green Lanes Food Festival in Haringey; creating the Bromley Town Centre Heritage Trail; and upgrading pavements in Barnes town centre, as well as enhancement of Christmas lights.

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Categories: London | Tags: Outer london, Outer london fund, Town centres

13 June 2011

Driving economic recovery in outer London

Plans to help boost economic recovery and job opportunities in outer London boroughs were unveiled by Boris Johnson today.

The plans are part of the Mayor's £50m Outer London Fund which aims to transform town centres and local communities in outer London, especially those which benefit less directly from the economic boom of the 2012 Olympic Games and Crossrail.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London | Tags: London, Outer boroughs, Outer london fund, Regeneration, Town centres