Enfield Council wins £200,000 for Ponders End revamp
By JulieGK | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 20:31
Enfield Council has won £200,000 from Transport for London to work up a design and consult on ambitious plans to regenerate Ponders End High Street.
The cash is expected to be followed by a further £1.8 million in 2014/15 to deliver the project that is produced.
The scheme to be designed would aim to dramatically improve road safety and make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get around High Street, Ponders End, make better use of public spaces, improve the bus service and waiting areas for passengers and introduce natural measures to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.
Work will also be done to improve the cycling infrastructure and improve the appearance of the area to attract investment and businesses to the area and link Queensway and High Street more effectively.
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "The rejuvenation of Ponders End is a major priority for Enfield Council, and this money will help us improve links across the High Street and make it significantly easier for people to get around the area on foot, by bus or on their bikes.
"Our investigations show that improving transport links can play a major role in improving town centres, making it easier to attract businesses and shoppers to them during a difficult economic period. We'll work up a detailed scheme for people to have their say."
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: "We are doing an incredible amount of work to regenerate Ponders End and this funding will help us develop an effective plan to make the area more accessible and attract businesses and customers to the town centre.
"We are a pro-business council and the success of this bid demonstrates we are determined to do everything we can to build and maintain strong and vibrant town centres where businesses can thrive and our residents can visit to meet all their consumer needs."