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Khan announces £24m funding for community regeneration

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has awarded £24 million from his Good Growth Fund to help projects across the capital to enable local people to take an active role in the regeneration of their communities.

The fund, which is delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP), received more than 200 bids, with 27 being taken forward.

The successful projects aim to deliver social and economic improvements including investment in community assets, workspaces, green infrastructure and cultural venues.

The mayor said: “I am using this funding to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play.

“The projects I announced funding for today will help us to tackle inequality, strengthen civil society, and ensure the benefits of regeneration are felt by all.”

The projects that will receive a share of the funding include:

  • The delivery of a dedicated HQ for the Southbank Centre’s new education programme and an expanded and improved skate space.
  • The redevelopment of the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning centre in Herne Hill.
  • Funding for Lower Lea Threads, which will assist the mayor’s efforts to establish a fashion district in East London.
  • Investment in Mountview, a drama school and provider of high-quality arts, education, skills-building and well-being activities in South London, will actively support groups including Londoners of a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background.

Louis Woodhead of Long Live Southbank said: “LLSB and Southbank Centre have been working hard to show what can be achieved through collaboration and we’re grateful to everyone who continues to donate and support the campaign. Receiving the Good Growth Fund brings us closer to our vision to provide more space and opportunities for this creativity to grow and flourish.”

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