£2m upgrades for Uxbridge High Street and town centre as jobs boost secured

£2m upgrades for Uxbridge High Street and town centre as jobs boost secured Uxbridge town centre courtesy of Google Street View

Uxbridge town centre is set for a major regeneration and a jobs boost after £2m was secured to make improvements to the High Street, Vine Street, and Windsor Street.

Hillingdon Council has received £800,000 from the London Regeneration Fund and will inject £1.25 million match funding to boost the project.

More precise details of what the upgrades might entail are not yet available, the council told Hillingdon is Here.

The Hillingdon project “Uxbridge Change of Heart” secured £800,000 despite competition from 69 other schemes.

Marianna Russo, council spokesman, said: “The funding confirmed means that public realm improvements can now be fine tuned and more details about the projects will be shared ahead of work starting late autumn 2016.

“With £2 million available the council has identified a series of improvements that can be completed in line with the London Regeneration Fund’s timescale between April 2016 and April 2018 to rejuvenate the High Street, Vine Street, Windsor Street, and to develop the space outside the Civic Centre for more community use.

“This will complement much greater private sector investment underway over the next few years.

“The transformation of the former RAF Uxbridge, (St Andrews) and Charter Place, Primark opening, together with the 'Uxbridge Change of Heart' will bring a complete renewal of the Uxbridge town centre as well as creating many new job opportunities.”

The council bid for the money was backed by the town's MP Boris Johnson – who remains the London Mayor until the Mayoral election later this year.

Mr Johnson said: “High streets and town centres the length and breadth of London are a hive of economic activity fuelled by creative minds. It’s important that we make sure they continue to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving city and the talented people who are key to its future success.”

Councillor Douglas Mills, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Being awarded the London Regeneration Fund means that we are on right path to create a thriving and vibrant town centre for Uxbridge.

“The changes being planned reinforce our commitment to the town and will encourage the business community to make further investment in Uxbridge, retaining it as a key component of our Borough".

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