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Harrow to receive funding to improve its high streets and create a more colourful environment

Edgware, North Harrow, South Harrow and Rayners Lane to receive High Street funding, for a range of public realm and creative, artistic improvements to their high streets and surrounding areas.

Designed to help create a safer, vibrant, and more colourful environment for residents and local businesses, proposals for improvements were consulted on during an initial six-week engagement, which closed on 16th May 2021.

Over 1000 comments and views were received from residents, business and the community, on proposals across the four areas.

Improving high streets and the public realm supports Harrow’s economic strategy and is a priority for the Council.

It appeals to businesses looking to invest in an area, and by making places more attractive to visit, helps increase footfall, spend and supporting economic growth.

In addition to the High Street improvements, the council is investing in a range of business support programmes, to support business growth and has offered grants to local Traders Associations and partnerships, to develop activities to promote their areas.

This combination of business support programmes and local grants such as the High Street Fund, aim to stimulate the local economy.

Cllr Graham Henson, Leader of Harrow Council, said: “The High Street Fund programme offers us a chance to bring exciting changes to the high street and surrounding area, helping to improve the overall shopping experience for residents and local businesses.

“Through consultation we gathered the views of the local area, to feed it into the design process, so the high streets reflect local needs. We won’t implement anything without clear support from the local residents, businesses and community. The feedback and insights gained from the initial engagement, will be used to shape amended proposals for each area.

“Further consultation will be carried out with residents, businesses and the community throughout the programme.”

Source: Harrow Council