The strategy for Kingston town centre’s streets and spaces was endorsed by the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee on Tuesday 5 November.
The strategy, called ‘Reimagining Kingston Town Centre Streets and Spaces’, was produced by ‘We Made That’ for Kingston Council in partnership with Kingston First, Kingston University and the Mayor of London. It is focused on developing Kingston town centre’s streets and spaces for public life and activity, whilst supporting the growth and development of the area. The strategy will become the blueprint to help secure future funding opportunities and development plans for the area.
Co-developed with local groups, social enterprises, residents, public institutions and businesses, the refreshed approach sets out strategic priorities and guidelines for local people, businesses and strategic partners on how to deliver projects to help diversify the town centre’s offering.
Kirsten Henly, Chief Executive at Kingston First, said:
“This strategy has been created through a great partnership, with each organisation and our local stakeholders able to represent and help bring together the myriad of activities that take place in Kingston and think about how spaces will develop. Our aim now is to use this strategy as a guide to improve and better connect the town’s spaces and locations which in turn supports the whole of Kingston’s town centre offer.”
Nazeya Hussain, Director of Growth at Kingston Council, said:
“We welcome the new strategy and guiding principles for enhancing Kingston Town Centre’s streets and spaces. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to contribute to the development of their local area and encourage residents and businesses to get involved with the project proposals, or even submit new ideas that support our priorities. We can make Kingston, better together.”
Professor Steven Spier, Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, said:
“As a key partner, Kingston University welcomes the opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of Kingston Town Centre’s public realm. The partnership has been instrumental in establishing a framework for the future, cleverly spanning a range of opportunities from small projects to those on a larger scale. The combined effect of these initiatives, along with important contributions from the community, will enable an incremental improvement to the town centre, bringing significant benefits both for the University and borough as a whole.”