To improve and promote the borough’s town centres, from Uxbridge to Eastcote, Hillingdon Council has undertaken physical improvements – such as parking, footpaths and roads, street signs, lighting and landscaping – and raised their public image, increasing spending, creating a more attractive environment and improving parking facilities. To boost retail, Hayes, Ruislip Manor and Northwood Hills shops benefited from a visual merchandising scheme, which offered free advice on refreshing window displays to entice shoppers, while a special grant scheme, as part of the mayor’s Outer London Fund, helped businesses to improve shop fronts. Last year, Hayes was awarded £4.5 million of Transport for London funding, which will help implement findings of the consultation undertaken in autumn 2013 on how to improve the town centre, making it a better place for people to live, work and visit. Of nearly 700 responses, more than two thirds were in favour of changing the existing layout, with people also being in favour of traffic and lighting improvements, and better access to parking.

Name

Town centre improvements

Status

Completed

Type

Food and Drink, Retail

Location

Various

Developer

London Borough of Hillingdon

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