Town centre strategy to transform Tottenham High Road
By Luchia Robinson
Haringey councillors have approved a ten-year development strategy for Tottenham High Road.
The strategy aims to strengthen the identity of the High Road by defining, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove and Tottenham Green and High Cross as distinct town centres each creating wealth within the community, and increasing local jobs and services.
According to the council, responses from a public consultation have revealed that community aspirations for Tottenham High Road include the need to address issues of poor health, cleanliness, traffic pollution, a lack of green space, crime and anti- social behaviour, a lack of local identity, inadequate road signage and poor access to the High Road for cyclists and pedestrians.
The council says it will follow up on this feedback by looking at ways of improving access to the High Road, tackling pollution, reducing anti-social behaviour, increasing provisions for the youth and integrating technology into the local shopping experience. In doing so, it foresees a major increase in footfall and income into Tottenham.
There are around 2,500 people employed in businesses based along the High Road, with approximately 5,000 jobs in the wider area. Cllr Charles Adje, Cabinet Member for Strategic Regeneration said:
“Improving opportunities, wellbeing and experiences for local people is central to this Strategy for Tottenham High Road; this Strategy presents a vision to unlock Tottenham’s vast potential and to support our wider commitment to addressing socio-economic inequality, through excellent places, new opportunities, and infrastructure that fosters inclusion and improves outcomes for all.”
By investing into the High Road strategy, Haringey Council believes new external investors will be attracted to the area, leading to more wealth being generated and retained in Tottenham.
£2million from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Funding (GGF) programme has already been awarded to the local authority to undertake part of the High Road regeneration.
The GGF will be focused on creating business and leisure spaces in Bruce Grove; namely the Bruce Grove Station forecourt, The Tottenham Brewery Gatehouse (551B High Road) and the Bruce Grove Toilets which is envisioned to become a viable commercial space.
Community led projects and a programme of training and skills development, are also planned to be delivered over the next three years.
Haringey Council expects the project will create about 150 new jobs in Bruce Grove. The council will need to enter an agreement with the Greater London Authority by the end of next month for these GGF plans to officially go ahead.
The ten-year High Road project is projected to cost the council £17.66 million. Haringey Council aims to secure at least 50% match funding through funding bids and investor contributions, to ensure the town centre plans take shape.