Area gets cash boost

A PROJECT to transform a dilapidated public square into a play and work space has been given a boost after it received a large cash injection. A deprived corner of Chippenham Gardens, in the heart of the South Kilburn estate, has received a �66,000 grant

A PROJECT to transform a dilapidated public square into a play and work space has been given a boost after it received a large cash injection.

A deprived corner of Chippenham Gardens, in the heart of the South Kilburn estate, has received a �66,000 grant from the South Kilburn Partnership to renovate the spot.

The area, once a notorious crime hotspot, will have decking laid down, an area where residents can plant fruit and vegetables, fixed stone chess boards erected, caf� tables, and a play-space for children.

Plans for a market to help foster business and trade in the area, have also been floated.

Cllr Mary Arnold, of Kilburn ward, said: "I am proud we have turned a broken footway referral into a full-blown, creative community project.

"This is a vital part of transforming south Kilburn both environmentally and involving the community with enterprise and artistic opportunities."

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Crime, anti-social behaviour, and drug dealing are common in the area, and police regularly patrol it.

But councillors hope that by renovating the site they will be able to tackle anti-social behaviour and residents will take greater pride in it.

Residents and businesses have been urging councillors to renovate the site for some time, and played a central role in getting the project up and running.

Barry Creasey, who lives in Malvern Road, opposite the site, said: "As soon as somewhere starts to look a little uncared for, then it rapidly spirals downhill - especially in terms of litter and anti-social behaviour. There was a real groundswell of support from residents to renovate the site.

"It's really exciting that Chippenham Gardens is being rejuvenated, and I'm looking forward to having a pleasant place in the area for people to gather, and for events to take place."

kate.ferguson@archant.co.uk