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Mayor of London joins town improvement celebrations

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, joined senior Hillingdon Council officials on Thursday 4 December to put the finishing touches to a £2million regeneration project in Northwood Hills. The Mayor planted the final tree in Joel Street boulevard and unveiled a commemorative pavement plaque during his visit.

Northwood Hills regeneration project

News release: 05 December 2014

24 independent businesses are feeling the positive effect of the funding provided by the Mayor and Hillingdon Council, which has allowed them to improve their shop fronts with new windows, signs and awnings, giving the town centre a much improved look and feel. Other improvements to the area include new parking arrangements with 30 minute 'stop and shop' spaces and redesigned bays on the resurfaced Joel Street, which will allow safer entry and exit onto the High Street. The new tree lined central boulevard is not only attractive, it also provides safer crossing points and brings environmental benefits such as helping to absorb local pollution and lower surface flood risks. 

The £2million regeneration project was funded by £1.3million investment from the Mayor of London and £450,000 match funding from Hillingdon Council with additional funding from Transport for London. The investment will help to ensure a brighter future for Northwood Hills.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Northwood Hills is an important local hub supporting a range of shops and services. The improvements that I have seen here today are a great example of how my regeneration fund is helping to spruce up town centres and high streets across London, rejuvenating areas for local communities to enjoy and helping enterprises to thrive."

The Mayor's visit marks the completion of works by Hillingdon Council to regenerate Northwood Hills. As well as improvements to Joel Street, the road bridge over the railway is now home to Europe's longest enamel mural. The artwork, by graffiti and mural artists Cosmo Sarson and Gordon Collett, decorates both sides of the bridge and is made up of three components. The iconic 1930s Metroland poster for Northwood Hills forms the centrepiece of the mural. The two other components continue the Metroland theme and make numerous nods towards the local community, the abundance of green landscape in the area and of course Elton John, who played his first gig in local pub Namaste Lounge.

Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: "Northwood Hills has been revitalised with a modern and attractive look and I hope that residents and traders will feel very proud of the improvements. We are committed to making Hillingdon a borough that people want to live, shop and work."

The Mayor briefly visited Ruislip Manor after Northwood Hills to see the illuminated bridge and visit some of the new businesses that have recently opened there.

For more information visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/towncentres.

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