Boris Johnson provides £20k for ‘cultural quarter’ in Roehampton………..


A bit of background………………….

“On Tuesday 03 March, the Mayor announced recipients of up to £9 million through his High Street Fund. It is the first time the Mayor of a major European city has used a civic crowdfunding website to directly pledge money for community projects. 83 groups submitted ideas and the Mayor will be pledging up to £20,000 each to 17 of these projects.”

For more information:

How this will be spent in Roehampton?


Borough: Wandsworth

Recipient: Wandsworth

Award: £20,000

A series of curated outdoor events around Roehampton high street will help local businesses connect with the wider community. The creation of a vibrant, characterful sense of place will attract more visitors and encourage them to linger. The proposal includes cultural events and five new creative commissions by artists in collaboration with local businesses”.

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Wow, so does that mean we’ll soon be sipping lattes in front of Bargain Booze on Roehampton High Street?

Probably not, though wouldn’t it make more sense to use these funds for a targeted and focused drive to bring business to Roehampton High Street?

The timing of this could not be better. Have a read of the Alton Regeneration Watch article “Lost Retail Opportunities” which is about the poor state of the High Street.

The article can be found at the following link –

Maybe, this fund could be used to fully, or part fund, the Roehampton Festival?

For those of you that remember, there used to be a Roehampton Festival on the Bull Green on the Alton Estate, though that seems to have withered away into little more than a conversation piece at the Roehampton Partnership. Why not have the Roehampton Festival on Roehampton High Street, you know, two birds, one stone………………………..just an idea.

Might suggest this to the Roehampton Forum and/or the Roehampton Partnership…


Email us at – – and let us know of any concerns/thoughts you may have or add a comment at the end of the blog entry in the ‘Leave a Reply’ section.

Or email your Roehampton and Putney Heath Councillors at;

Peter Carpenter –

Jeremy Ambache –

Sue McKinney –

Or email the Wandsworth Council team managing the ‘regeneration’

Team Roehampton –



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