The government has announced today (Saturday 4th May 2013) that Herne Hill is one of seven areas across the country to receive a share of the £1million High Street Renewal fund.
Herne Hill won a £93,057 High Street Renewal award following the innovative work of the community and council to revitalise the high street and area around Herne Hill station. Thanks to the work of the local community, supported by Lambeth council there is now a thriving town square and a market in the heart of the community in Herne Hill.
The awards were decided by a panel of experts including Martin Blackwell from the Association of Town and City Management and Andy Godfrey from Alliance Boots.
Giles Gibson, chairman of the Herne Hill Forum, said, “It has been down to the local volunteers and traders working with council officers who have really transformed what was an empty space into a thriving place, turning a lifeless high street into our community centre. By implementing some innovative ideas, adding enthusiasm and determination and trying out things for the first time great results have been achieved. Our new outdoor community centre now hosts outdoor events, music and one of London’s best street markets. It is critical for local high streets not just to survive but to thrive, they are the lifeblood of the local community.”
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, cabinet member for Business said,“It’s a tremendous achievement for Herne Hill to win this national award. We are determined to do more to encourage and support other communities in Lambeth to follow Herne Hill’s example.”
Herne Hill councillor, Jim Dickson said, “This is fantastic news for Herne Hill and for Lambeth. Thanks to the partnership between the council and the local community which has put power into the hands of local people, Herne Hill has been transformed into a thriving area with a fantastic market, arts and cultural events. This new funding will give residents in Herne Hill even more opportunities to decide how they want their community to develop in the future.”
The High Street Renewal fund panel said, “Herne Hill showed how cutting red tape has led to a thriving square and market. The local council delegated powers to manage shop frontage and public realm to a community group who have set up a market from scratch in less than one year. What was once a through road is now a pedestrian zone where the community comes together and the market grows from strength to strength with activities such as an outdoor cinema and music events. Their own research has showed increased footfall and trader revenue after the market was set up. Their future plans include involving local school children in an art project to dress the tunnel, outdoor furniture design skills being provided by local college students and a local music group putting together regular outdoor performances.” More here >>
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