Enfield Council has been successful in its bid for funding from the Levelling Up Fund with up to £11.9 million being pledged to go towards projects to improve the lives of Upper Edmonton residents and regenerate the Angel Edmonton area.
The provisional award of up to £11,902,562 from the fund’s third tranche will build on the work being delivered by the Council and supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund with an aim of increasing footfall, creating local jobs, reducing crime, encouraging active travel and creating a more attractive environment.
Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “We are investing in Upper Edmonton to increase opportunities for our residents, particularly for younger people and to create an area that people are proud to be a part of.
“This funding award will build on the hard work of this Council to transform one of the more deprived areas in the country and bring about real change.
“While we were disappointed that this funding did not come earlier in January’s funding round, we will waste no time in getting our plans into action. This will include job creation, skills and training, creating a better environment for leisure and wellbeing and investing in the local economy.”
The initial bid focused on new projects for Upper Edmonton to improve public spaces and connections, provide better places for businesses and community facilities and enhance the cultural offering. The final scope of the works will be reviewed and developed in the coming weeks.
Enfield Council has already successfully brought to Angel Edmonton substantial changes including 35 affordable workspaces for young entrepreneurs at Angel Yard creating a new heard for enterprise in Edmonton; public realm improvements including artworks and murals created with the local community; a cleaner air route and school street at St John and St James CofE Primary School; and an upgrade of Fore Street’s Library into the Living Room Library, a fully flexible space that can convert into an area for performances, workshops, meetings and social events.
The overall plans for Upper Edmonton support a new vision for the area and also revisit the concept of a high street, shaping it to become a place for learning new skills, experiencing culture and connecting with local communities.
Delivery of the next phase with the new £11.9 million funding is expected by March 2026.