Enfield bids for funding to improve town centre

Fri 13 April 2012, 1:52 pm

Enfield is bidding for cash from a £1 million fund to breath life back into Britainís high streets.

The Enfield Town Business Association has worked with the Council to prepare an application to secure "Portas Pilot" status for Enfield Town Centre.

If successful, it would secure £100,000 from a Government fund set up to help trial a number of initiatives put forward by retail guru Mary Portas.

Enfield Council's cabinet member for business and regeneration Del Goddard, said: "Enfield has a rich history as a market town, and we are very proud of our town centre, but even before last year's riots it was becoming increasingly apparent that we needed to give the area a boost. This bid aims to revitalise the area completely.

"The projects we have identified would really boost Enfield town centre's revival, bring new businesses, attract new visitors and help retailers grow across the town centre as they develop."

Projects which would be funded include:


  • Providing retail job opportunities for young people;
  • Re-Invigorating the historic Market;
  • Creating "Pop-up shops" - short-term exhibition space/art galleries for vacant shops;
  • Encouraging the major retailers to extend their current activities, for example in the provision of mentorship to ll independent retailers;
  • Providing a comprehensive programme of regular street entertainment;
  • Developing a cultural quarter and  sponsoring performances, recitals, readings and exhibitions in a  range of venues including  cafes, pubs, restaurants and open air arenas.