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First winners of ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ grants announced

Patrick McDonnell
01 December 2017

Seven boroughs are to receive funding from the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) for projects to develop more attractive public spaces. Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lewisham and Waltham Forest were all successful in their initial bids for funding from the new ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ programme. 

This is a continuation of the Mini Holland programme, which awarded funding of around £30m to three boroughs – Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest – in 2014. The Liveable Neighbourhood grants are being distributed more widely, with each successful scheme getting between £1m and £10m.

This is the first scheme set up to deliver London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new Healthy Streets Approach. The seven boroughs will now develop proposals to secure a share of £114m in funding. 

The projects are designed to town centres and their surrounding residential areas to improve conditions for walking and cycling, while reducing traffic dominance and supporting businesses by making local town centres more attractive.

There will be another round of funding next year, where other boroughs will be able to come forward with ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ proposals.

At this stage £1.25m is being given to the boroughs to help develop their proposals further.

Potential total funding, including non-Liveable Neighbourhoods sources 

  • Ealing £8.6m
  • Greenwich £5.4m
  • Hackney £10m
  • Haringey £5.8m
  • Havering £7m
  • Lewisham £2.9m
  • Waltham Forest £2.3m

More details of the winning bids by clicking here

Sadiq Khan said: “Our new Liveable Neighbourhood scheme will see millions of pounds invested in schemes that will directly make walking and cycling a safe, enjoyable and convenient option for many more Londoners - supporting small businesses by making our high streets cleaner, safer and more enjoyable places to spend time. We will continue to work closely with boroughs as they develop their plans to improve the environment and transform the quality of life of Londoners.”

Head of policy at Living Streets, Tompion Platt, said: “Our local streets and neighbourhoods have a huge bearing on our health and quality of life. By creating more liveable neighbourhoods which enable walking, encourage social interaction and play and reduce vehicle dominance, we can create healthier, happier and more prosperous communities across London. We congratulate the winning boroughs and look forward to seeing more liveable neighbourhoods across the capital soon.”

Fran Graham, campaigns coordinator at London Cycling Campaign, said: “This programme - the evolution of the Mini-Holland schemes - is the first step to delivering the promise the Mayor made to our Sign for Cycling campaign, to enable every London borough to have the chance of such a scheme. We are also pleased to see how many boroughs want to create neighbourhoods that prioritise walking and cycling over motor traffic, to reduce congestion and air pollution, and help people lead more healthy, active lives.”

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