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London Assembly members 'impressed' with post-riots regeneration projects in Tottenham
Politicians visited areas of Tottenham left ravaged by the 2011 riots to see how a £41million pot of regeneration cash is being spent.
Half a dozen London Assembly members were given a tour of some of the worst affected areas along High Road, Tottenham.
Haringey was handed £28million by the London Mayor’s Regeneration Fund – the highest amount awarded in the capital – as well as £13million in match funding.
The project has triggered investment for the proposed new 50,000-seater Tottenham Hotspur stadium and regeneration in the venue’s surrounding areas.
The Premier League club and its charitable foundation has become heavily involved in rebuilding the community since the spread of looting and violence in the summer of 2011.
The committee visited the renovated 639 Enterprise Centre, in High Road, as local councillor Alan Strickland outlined planned improvements centred on green spaces, safety, transport infrastructure and economic growth in the area.
Chairman of the regeneration committee Gareth Bacon said: “We’ve been impressed by the range of work and business being nurtured as a result of this project, and encouraged by the optimism about additional projects in the pipeline.
“It was good to see how public funding has contributed to unlocking further opportunities for regeneration by commercial investors.”
The 639 Centre provides a base to help young people gain employment skills and advice in business.
The building was renovated by the MRF after it was badly damaged during the London riots and it now provides a workspace for more than 30 local businesses, offering employment and investing in the community.
Councillor Strickland explained how public investment has helped revive one of the more deprived wards in the area with regeneration plans underway for sites around both the High Road and White Hart Lane.
Several entrepreneurs, who rent space at the 639 Centre, told the assembly members that the centre and its operators, the London Youth Support Trust, have made a huge difference to them launching their businesses.
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