WALTHAM Forest Council has begun its £3 million investment in St. James’s Street to bring business to the borough.
The scheme, said to ’revitalise the area and preserve and enhance shop fronts and key historic buildings’, will bring new trees, street lighting and improve facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.
Councillor Clare Coghill, cabinet member for Economic Growth and High Streets said: “The public realm improvements will really help to transform St James Street and make the whole area more inviting for residents and visitors. The wider regeneration scheme we are working on will establish St James Street as a destination in its own right, while preserving and restoring the area’s historic features.”
The bottom of Walthamstow High Street and junction with St James Street will be turned into a ’gateway’ area, where the new facilities will be located.
A new cycle hub will also be installed outside St James Street station. New signs will also guide people towards local points of interest, such as Vestry House Museum and Walthamstow Wetlands, which will open later this year.
The regeneration project is part of the St James Townscape Heritage Project, designed to improve historic buildings in the St James Conservation Area.
A grant totalling £1.46 million has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with Waltham Forest Council investing £1.34 million. Local businesses and volunteers have also contributed.
The St James Conservation area is of historical and commercial importance. It contains nineteenth and twentieth century architecture developed by TC Warner, a Victorian property owner.