Published Friday, 6th August 2021
The Mayor of London has chosen Sutton as one of 35 winners for funding to help the capital’s high streets recover from the pandemic.
Sutton’s bid highlights the role Sutton High Street businesses can play in tackling the climate emergency - one of the Council’s key priorities. The borough will set up a Green Enterprise Partnership to prepare a joint strategy and trial ‘circular economy’ projects.
The Council will work with local businesses and community organisations to identify innovative schemes.
The ‘High Streets for All Challenge’ was launched by the Mayor’s London Recovery Board in September 2020 to help build back London’s economy and society. It aims to bring vacant buildings into use, protect cultural spaces, boost community businesses and support employment on high streets.
In the autumn, City Hall will award additional funding to 10-12 of the projects to help develop and deliver larger project proposals and strategies. A second round of projects will receive additional funding in 2022 and, subject to funding, a third cohort the following year.
Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy & Business Committee, said:
“Supporting the town centre is a key part of helping Sutton’s recovery and creating jobs for local residents.
“This funding from the Mayor will also contribute to the borough’s response to the climate emergency, which is at the heart of the changes we want to see in Sutton Town Centre.
“The Council’s ambitions have been recognised by both the Government and the Mayor for London. Sutton’s economy was recently ranked sixth strongest in the whole country and likely to recover fastest from Covid-19. We want to build on that now and make the borough an even better place to live, work and do business.”
More information on the High Streets for All Challenge can be found at: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/funding-opportunities/high-streets-all-challenge