Sustainable Hackbridge wins to create super-green high street
The Hackbridge suburb of Sutton has this week won £834,939 from the Mayor's Outer London Fund. This money will be matched by Sutton Council to total almost £1.2 million. It will be used to help local shops to create local jobs, stock local produce and link the high street with green spaces.
The programme is being co-ordinated by locally based social enterprise, BioRegional. The organisation helped to establish Hackbridge’s world-leading BedZED eco-village. Simon Courage from BioRegional said:
‘We are delighted that the Mayor has awarded this money to Hackbridge. We have been working for many years to create a sustainable suburb and together with the local community, the Council and businesses; we will invest this funding to take our vision to businesses on the high street. And we will introduce new green corridors that will link the high street to the River Wandle and local parks, which are such a special part of Hackbridge. We hope that Hackbridge will become a great example that other suburbs will want to follow.”
Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing at Sutton Council said:
“This is a major boost for the borough and people in Hackbridge will be delighted that the bid has been successful. We have worked closely with local communities and local businesses. The scheme will make a real difference to the area and attract new investment.”
Hackbridge high street is cut in two by heavy traffic. Few people stop to shop and local trading estates are closing. The surrounding streets contain pockets of serious deprivation. But a remarkably resilient community has created a vision for the area rooted in sustainable development, to arrest decline and revitalise the suburb.
The new funding will be used to help local shops to become more energy and water efficient and improve their internal layouts and frontages. Business development consultants will help companies identify new business opportunities. The funding will also cut road accidents and crime and help more people to walk and cycle to and from work and school.
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