19 January 2012

Boris announces Greenwich Peninsula regeneration

Mayor Johnson this week announced a deal to kick-start a major regeneration on the Greenwich Peninsula, creating over 4,000 jobs in the construction of 1,350 new homes by the end of 2015.

Around 10,000 new homes, 600 student beds and 3.5 million square feet of commercial floor space are ultimately planned for the site, transforming an unused old gas works into a prominent new residential, business and leisure community.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London, housing | Tags: Greenwich peninsula, Land release, Regeneration

05 September 2011

One month on

This weekend marked a month since the London riots and we wanted to report to you on what Mayor Boris Johnson has done to put London back on track.

He has met hundreds of victims, community and business leaders and made 15 visits to the worst-affected areas. From these, he has developed and is now putting in place a five-point plan which targets the effects of the riots and tackles the causes to ensure such scenes are never witnessed again.

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Categories: crime, Fighting London's corner, London, youth | Tags: Heron unit, High street fund, London riots, Mentor, Regeneration, Respect academies

24 August 2011

£3.5m fund for riot-hit businesses

A new £3.5million fund is being made available to businesses affected by the riots and in need of emergency financial help.

The ‘High Street Fund’ is a charitable fund offering immediate cash support to help smaller businesses across the UK that suffered from the disturbances. It is made up of £3million from Barclays, BP, Capita, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Santander and another £500,000 made available by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson. The Mayor's contribution will be ringfenced for London businesses. The companies and City Hall will also offer support services and expertise for the businesses.

The Fund founders hope that more leading companies and individuals will also donate to help as many small businesses as possible.

Boris Johnson, said: "I have seen at first hand businesses showing remarkable resilience and true fighting spirit. However, it is no secret that many high streets in the capital are still suffering as a result of the appalling events earlier this month.

"Small businesses need urgent help to repair damage and get goods back on the shelves and the High Street Fund will help to do just that. I have absolutely no doubt that if we pull together and give our support to the fund we can ensure that London emerges as a stronger and even more prosperous city than before."

This is in addition to the Mayor's £50 million London-wide regeneration fund to invest in larger scale rebuilding projects to restore and improve all areas affected by the riots and the £20 million London Enterprise Fund for Croydon and Tottenham to provide rapid improvements such as rebuilding properties, providing business rate relief, investing in transport infrastructure and supporting local employment.

Mr Johnson has been meeting and listening to residents and business owners in the worst hit areas of the capital, including Clapham Junction, Croydon, Enfield, Tottenham, Ealing, Stoke Newington, Peckham, Hackney, Lewisham and Woolwich.

For more information on the Fund and how to apply for assistance, please visit http://www.thehighstreetfund.co.uk/

Categories: Fighting London's corner, London | Tags: High street fund, London enterprise fund, Regeneration

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

11 August 2011

£50m to regenerate London's damaged town centres

Boris Johnson has announced a £50million fund to help town centres and high streets damaged by the recent disturbances. The new fund is in addition to the Mayor's Outer London Fund and will invest in larger scale rebuilding projects, building on the momentum created as repair work begins.

Regeneration proposals will be developed with communities and Councils and ensure that the contracts go to as many local businesses, employing local people, as possible. This local focus will also include apprenticeships for unemployed people in the affected areas to help them develop the skills they need to get into work.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We have always recognised the importance of improving London's town centres and clearly after the destruction caused by the recent events across the city this is a bigger challenge than ever. That is why I am allocating £50 million to ensure that these areas are regenerated quickly and transformed into safe, attractive, vibrant and economically successful places to live, work and invest in.”

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Categories: London | Tags: Regeneration, 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