Haringey Council plans to boost under-threat town centres

A ten-year plan to boost jobs and opportunities in town centres under threat from online shopping has been agreed by councillors.Haringey Council’s Strategy for Tottenham High Road will provide affordable workspace and promote leisure and cultural opportunities in a bid to attract more people to the area and protect thousands of jobs.

The council will carry out five major projects in Bruce Grove, Seven Sisters and the “village” of Tottenham Green and High Cross.These will involve measures such as making streets and public places more accessible, improving air quality and supporting art and culture.The projects come on top of the Enterprising Tottenham High Road scheme to provide business space at the former Tottenham Brewery Gatehouse (551B High Road), Bruce Grove Toilets and Bruce Grove station.

Speaking at a meeting of Haringey’s cabinet on Tuesday (January 22), Cllr Charles Adje, cabinet member for strategic regeneration, said: “It is important for the people of Tottenham that their town centres are protected and enhanced.“The strategy provides a pivotal role in helping to build the wealth of local communities and a vital means of helping to tackle inequalities.”

Tottenham’s town centres face the same problems as those across the UK, including shop closures and job losses as people increasingly opt for online retail.There are around 2,500 jobs on the High Road, as well as around 5,000 jobs in the wider supply chain.West Green Road and Seven Sisters is one of the worst-performing high streets in the capital, according to a council report.

The local authority is to pump more than £17 million into the strategy and hopes to attract nearly £5 million of external funding.It has already secured £2 million from the Greater London Authority to support Tottenham High Road.The council says the strategy will make it easier to bid for future sources of funding and could also help to boost revenues from rent.

Special Thanks to Enfield Independent for their Article- https://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/17379212.haringey-council-plans-to-boost-under-threat-town-centres/

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