The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, Zac Goldsmith, has pledged £1 million to Purley's High Street if he is elected as Mayor in May.
He announced the plan on a visit to Purley on 18 April, saying high streets are vital for jobs and local economy.
The spending of the money will be co-ordinated by the Purley BID (Business Improvement District), which is looking at ideas for improvements in High Street and Brighton Road. Local businesses have welcomed this initiative.
Zac says “High streets are the heart and soul of communities. They are taking a battering at the moment, with business rates high and shopping patterns changing. Purley is a beautiful and vibrant place but the high street has been allowed to become a bit dilapidated and it shouldn't have to be.
"Although I’d love to do this everywhere, we have to pick the places where it will make the most difference. The case has been made so well by Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South, Steve O'Connell, Greater London Assembly Member for Croydon & Sutton and local businesses."
The Conservative GLA candidate, Steve O’Connell, says “This is a tremendous boost for Purley and another good reason why Croydon needs Zac to be elected to succeed Boris as the Mayor of London.”
The £1 million would be taken from a new £20 million High Street fund, taken from the Greater London Assembly underspend.
Zac has also recently pledged £260,000 for a direct bus link between Addiscombe and Croydon University Hospital if he is elected.