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Chislehurst gets £50,000 grant to spruce up High Street and Belmont Parade
A HISTORIC town where people walk in Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte’s footsteps every day has a £50,000 plan to ensure it lasts well into the future.
Businesses and residents are working together to encourage people to spend lots of days in Chislehurst, which was the exiled French emperor’s home until his death in 1873.
To do this they have come up with a Bromley Council backed scheme to revitalise the High Street and Belmont Parade (pictured below).
Planned High Street improvements include a wrought iron village sign, community notice boards, lamp post banners and resurfaced alleyways.
Belmont Parade will get improvements including flower towers for the summer and winter months, fingerpost signs to direct people to the shops, pay and display bays and banners.
This has been made possible by groups including the Chislehurst Business Group (CBG) and the Chislehurst Town Team, and a £50,000 grant from Bromley Council.
CBG secretary and 2gether shop manager Clare Herriot said: "In Chislehurst, with the help and commitment of local groups and individuals, some of the issues facing our High Street are being addressed and change is happening.
"Without question there have been obstacles, but I believe the key to success is building a community where we work together and establish positive links between businesses, local groups, the council and the community.
"We have a united vision to promote Chislehurst as a great place to live, work and shop and ultimately want to see footfall increase.
"It takes drive, passion and persistence but we are beginning to see progress."
Portfolio holder for renewal and recreation Councillor Peter Morgan said: "Chislehurst is set for a raft of improvements so that, working in partnership with the dedicated town team and Chislehurst Business Group, we can ensure the town remains a great place in which to live, work and spend leisure time."
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