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Thirty outer London revamp projects allocated £10m

Thirty projects aimed at revamping town centres and high streets in 20 boroughs have been given £10m by London's mayor.

A plan to create a street market in Ponders End, Enfield, received £715,000 - the single largest amount. Richmond took the biggest share of the £10m grant - £1.2m for three projects.

The Outer London fund is aimed at areas that will not see direct benefits from either the Olympics or Crossrail.

Mayor Boris Johnson said the money will "bring the buzz back" to the areas.

When the fund was announced in June, Ken Livingstone, Labour's 2012 mayoral candidate, dubbed the scheme as a "pre-election gimmick" of "little benefit".

Long-term projects

The successful bids include funding for Edmonton Green Food and Music Festival, new temporary public art outside Waterman's Arts Centre in Brentford High Street, a link between the magistrates court and Market Square in Barking town centre and the creation of Bromley Town Centre Heritage Trail.

Funds granted would also go towards improving town centres in Streatham, Hayes, Penge, Bexley, Willesden Green and Tooting, among others.

Projects will be able to bid for a further £40m for long-term regeneration from October.

Mr Johnson, said: "This cash injection means councils can start work today to attract more people into their area, boost economic growth and bring the buzz back to their high streets."

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