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Brixton’s Electric Avenue to shine again

Electric Avenue, Brixton in 1912 (picture property of the Brixton Society)

Electric Avenue, Brixton in 1912 (picture property of the Brixton Society)

Iconic Electric Avenue in Brixton is set for a £2.6million boost after Lambeth Council secured Heritage Lottery Fund cash for improvements and community projects, it was announced today.

The road which gained fame with Eddy Grant’s 1983 single Electric Avenue was built in the 1880s and was the first shopping street in the country to be lit by electricity.

The new money will be spent on restoring buildings in the street to their former glory, and on a series of community projects, including a proposal for solar powered electricity.

Cllr Jack Hopkins, Cabinet member for Jobs & Growth, said: “I’m delighted that we have been successful in our bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £1.95million.

“It would not have been possible without the support of the community, Brixton businesses and the hard work of the Brixton Heritage Regeneration Partnership.

“The backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund, combined with a council cash commitment, will boost businesses, improve the look of the area and have knock on social benefits.”

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “This project makes possible  the restoration of a number of  buildings in the heart of Brixton town centre.

“This not only strengthens and enhances the historic character of the area but it also  helps  to reinvigorate the local economy by bringing buildings back into productive use.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £1,950,000 to the Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative with a further £650,000 Lambeth council commitment. Victorian properties in the street will be restored and empty upper floor space brought back into use as new homes.

Grants of up to 85 per cent will be available to property and business owners in the area for relevant building work.

The scheme will also see £105,000 put towards community and training activities to broaden engagement with Brixton’s heritage including children and young people’s workshops, a temporary Brixton Museum and guided heritage walks.

For more information visit Future Brixton.

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