Deptford and Catford win regeneration funding

BC's woman on the inside at the Mayor's Office points out two of the Lewisham projects that have received funding from the the Mayor's "Outer London Fund", which is designed to help promote economic growth in 18 outer boroughs.

Deptford High Street and Catford Broadway will received a combined total of £4.3 million in investment.

Now it just so happens that the Mayor was elected thanks to support from the outer boroughs, although relatively few of those votes, so it's good news that two important projects got something, even though we're not sure how riverside, zone 2 Deptford can be counted as "outer London". Here are the details:

Over £4.3million is being invested in regeneration projects across Lewisham, boosting local high streets, delivering growth and new jobs and improving lives, as the Mayor of London announces the second round of projects to benefit from his Outer London Fund.

The Mayor is channeling £50 million from his Outer London Fund and an additional £25million in match funding from other private and public sector partners into regeneration projects across London.

Deptford High Street will benefit from an investment of over £2.2 million in order to re-invigorate the area. Specific activities include a market apprenticeship starter initiative and a market stall and forecourt appearance improvement project. The funding will also support the creation of a new public space at the southern end of the High Street. Other activities include a waste initiative, improved parking provisions and a feasibility study for Hamilton Street Car Park, and the Deptford Moving Art Scheme. 

Catford Broadway will benefit from over £2 million to go towards regeneration of the town centre and high street through new shop fronts, forecourts, lighting and street layouts with the aim of increasing footfall and evening activity. The market will also be diversified through the creation of new food stalls – ‘A Taste of things to come’. A market apprentice initiative will also begin in order to help younger people build their employment skills.

Nunhead also won funding for high street improvements. Visit the Nunhead Forum for the full details.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are still getting rid of the enormous crap black cat above the market though, right?

Anonymous said...

"enormous crap black cat" ?! I hope you're just being a ridiculous troll... if not, you are DEF not from around here

Anonymous said...

Deptford, Catford, Ladywell and Nunhead get funding ... what about our rubbish high street on Brockley Road?

Anonymous said...

"...the aim of increasing footfall and evening activity."

Mmmmmmm.

Brockley Nick said...

The Black Cat is the best thing about Catford, perhaps even London.

Mb said...

We are blessed with large fibre glass animals in SE London. The catford cat, the Babur tiger and the pink elephant atop the white van near the wickham. You can keep your st Paul's, yes north London, I'm looking at you!

Brockley Nick said...

And of course the faux-dinosaurs of Crystal Palace.

It had never occured to me that this was a SE London speciality.

Take that, Kensington and Chelsea!

NAT said...

The case for the Giant Badger landmark for Brockley gets ever stronger.

Tamsin said...

And the temporary "Ark" in Telegraph Hill Park last March. Unfortunately followed by a deluge because we were hoping they could stay there for a while.

Mb said...

And the fire spitting Godzilla of telegraph hill. Chewing up cars and spitting venom on the undeserving.

(in my head anyway)

Tamsin said...

No, they were sweet. See the U-Tube here. And there are plans for more of the same. So do come along and get Godzilla out of your head.

Mb said...

House near the wickham with what appear to be plastic beetles crawling up the outside

In your face muswell hill!

Matt-Z said...

What about the Lewisham Sumo wrestlers? The place has never been the same since they were removed.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmerritt/485804100/

Anonymous said...

The sumo wrestlers were last spotted in Warsaw by my neighbour on holiday.

spincat said...

We could have a Giant Badger building communal activity at the next Brockley Max?

Anonymous said...

For about 40 years Lewisham Council have blighted Catford with its dream to divert the south circular around Laurence House.

patrick1971 said...

Whilst this funding is good, especially in these days, one wonders if "regeneration" ever ends. I moved to Deptford in 1999 and left in 2007. During that time the High Street was being constantly "regenerated". Is there an ultimate aim, or is it a buzz word just to do a few smaller projects? No problem if that's what it is, but to me "regeneration" suggests a broad, comprehensive plan with a final desired outcome, not bits and pieces of projects here and there.

The money for Catford surely couldn't make it worse, so that's to be welcomed. Is Milford Towers still going to be demolished?

Lady in the Well said...

and not forgetting the giant rooster outside the salvage yard on loampit vale

Tamsin said...

Could some of the "regeneration" money for Deptford High Street - which to my mind works quite well already on its own terms - not be diverted to the Stephen Lawrence Centre?

Or are you in the dreadful situation where capital is easy to come by, just no-one will take on running costs?

Murphy said...

Spend the £2m on designing and building a Robocop to patrol the streets of Catford to shoot muggers in the face.

That would help regenerate the town centre.

Anonymous said...

how many "Stephen Lawrence Centre's" does one city need!?

Lady in the Well said...

Robocop is a brilliant idea, even better if it also picks up dog poo

drakefell debaser said...

Is Catford really that bad? I ask as I may have to consider moving there to find a larger gaff.

Thoughts welcome.

Anonymous said...

"Is Catford really that bad? I ask as I may have to consider moving there to find a larger gaff."

Catford? Things can't be that bad...

D said...

It's not that bad at all really (in fact, in many ways it's better than Brockley). There's now a few good places to eat, the theatre, the usual chavvy but useful shops and I find it has a bit of a community feel to it as everyone seems to know each other (a bit like Eastenders with more crazies)

Anonymous said...

Murphy, there I was thinking you already were Robocop?

"After he was pronounced dead, the body was seized by OCP, citing the release forms Murphy signed when he joined the police force.[6] The technicians of the RoboCop Program, led by executive Bob Morton, used what was left of Murphy's face and portions of his cerebrum and cerebellum and applied them to a cybernetic body, in effect, resurrecting Alex Murphy as RoboCop"

Anonymous said...

@drakefell debaser. We moved from Brockley to Catford last year for exactly that reason. What D says above chimes with our findings - it's basic but fine. Away from the main drag the Corbett Estate in particular is quiet and family orientated with big, cheap houses and a friendly vibe. We know all our neighbours and have never had a problem. The Conservation area is worth a look too if you can spend a little more.

patrick1971 said...

I'd agree; the main area around the stations and the council offices is awful, but as soon as you get away from that, especially around Ravensbourne Park or the streets around Sangley and Sandhurst Roads, it's fine.

drakefell debaser said...

Thanks all, that's useful info to have.

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