Greenwich town centre is to see £166,000 of funds from the Mayor via the High Streets for All fund.
The projects webpage states:
“‘Light-time Greenwich’ will create a new culture-led high street experience that responds to local needs and tells local peoples’ stories.
The project focuses on attracting new local audiences to the town centre including young people, exploring the role of markets as a setting for cultural activity, and expanding the evening offer.”
The evening offer will be welcome to many, though perhaps not local councillors who have regularly argued against a night time economy.
Recently councillors opposed Artfix gallery being able to serve alcohol alongside events. They did win their case.
The project aims to encourage “local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals.
Each strategy can address common and local challenges and underpin the public re-imagining of high streets and town centres across London.
Strategies can support actions across an entire high street or focus on an innovative exemplar high street recovery project.”
Another major Greenwich town centre project was a £5.4 million pedestrianisation plan revealed in 2017.
That’s all gone quiet, and TfL’s funding issues mean it’s unlikely soon unless Greenwich take the lead.
However Greenwich Council were using renders drawn up for that £5.4 million project when highlighting this £166,000 spend (down from an original £200,000) which seemed to excite some.
Don’t be, it’s not funding pedestrianisation and is miles below what would be needed.
What we can hope for is some night time events to draw in people and help local business.