Outer London Fund in Barnet

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2737
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Barnet was awarded over £1million from the Mayor's Outer London Fund to improve important public spaces in North Finchley, including the 'artsdepot'. Do you think this money has been well spent, and might there be further opportunities to improve the public realm around neighbouring buildings and outside spaces, some of which remain in a poor state?

Answer

Answer for Outer London Fund in Barnet

Answer for Outer London Fund in Barnet

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The award of £1 million through my Outer London Fund to Barnet for improvements to North Finchley was for a range of regeneration projects including public realm.  The project was also intended to activate an empty shop unit, uplift the frontages of several shops, provide employment training and apprenticeships, as well as support to businesses, and enliven the area with a series of events. The project was very successful in meeting and exceeding these aims.  Several public realm improvements were made including to Tally Ho Corner and the local library forecourt. The high street was decluttered of redundant equipment, and trees, cycle parking and benches were installed. Special stone sculptures and carefully designed signs were also installed to build on the area's unique character and history. The Grand Arcade, a 1930's shopping arcade was given a new lease of life with physical improvements, including to internal shop fronts, and new tenants, including the newly established North Finchley Town Team. The project met its targets to create three apprenticeships and provide employment training to 20 young people, with local businesses giving 'behind the scenes' talks during National Apprenticeship Week.The project also developed ideas for future improvements to the public realm, which I would encourage.  I know that Barnet is looking at options for further work to benefit the high street and look forward to continuing to work with the local community.