Canning Town and other town centres share millions for revamp

A �3.7 million grant from London Mayor Boris Johnson will improve town centres and roads in Newham.

The funding is part of �146 million from Transport for London (TfL) across the capital under its annual Local Implementation Plan (LIP).

More than �1.3 million will be spent on improving East Ham town centre, including better lighting and paved roads, as well as installation of CCTV cameras in time for London 2012.

A further �250,00 will be spent on a revamp of Romford Road, including removal of street clutter, better lighting and improved cycle paths.

Green Street in Upton Park is to get a �133,000 revamp to reduce traffic congestion, including the removal of bollards and unnecessary signs.

A spokesperson for Newham Council said: “We suggested to the Mayor of London that it should be left to us to determine how the money allocated to us under LIP is spent. He agreed and that is why East Ham is being treated as a priority location within the borough.

“Lots of government regeneration funding is already being spent in Stratford as a result of the Games, and also in Canning Town, so we want to use the LIP money to make significant improvements in other areas, starting in East Ham and then across other parts of the borough.

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“In East Ham the existing paving and lighting and street furniture is tired and needs freshening up. That way the area will be more attractive to potential new business tenants, shoppers, pedestrians and residents in general.”