Cash for Cooking! Harrow Council wins over £1m for town centre pop-up restaurant and square

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There’ll be a great new taste in a brand new public square, right in the heart of Harrow town centre – after Harrow Council today won a major grant from the Mayor of London.

The cash will support the creation of a public square in Lyon Road, Harrow, and adjacent “pop up test restaurant”. The eatery will be part of the redevelopment of the former Cumberland Hotel site, being undertaken by Origin Housing. The cash comes from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund, with £485,000 in capital funding from the GLA matched by private sector funding.

Keith Ferry is a councillor for Greenhill ward, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for business and regeneration. He said:

“Harrow town centre is on the rise – we’re bucking the trend across Britain, and business is booming. New businesses, restaurants and cafes are coming in – and this investment will give Harrow’s budding food entrepreneurs a chance to test their ideas on shoppers like me, before taking the plunge.

“I say it time and again. Building a better Harrow isn’t just about revitalising our borough with homes for Harrow people. It’s about extra public space. It’s about shops and offices – and places to eat and have fun. We’re proud to be winning cash with our plans to support that.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

“This project is a great example of how we can work with local communities on projects in a way that will help ensure the benefits are felt by all.”

The funding allocated to Harrow Council will be put towards:

• A new public square on Lyon Road for markets, events, play space and outdoor seating

• The creation of a pop up test restaurant with industrial kitchen providing opportunities for small businesses and new businesses in the food sector to scale up and grow their business;

• A market operator to run markets on the new space;

• Pod kiosks on the new square to serve a range of uses from food and retail, to exhibition space.

Harrow’s bid was one of 27 projects across the capital to be awarded funding from the first £24 million of investment in community growth and development from the Good Growth Fund awarded to projects which put local communities at the heart of regeneration.

Over 200 local stakeholders including residents, businesses and local partners helped develop Harrow’s Good Growth Fund bid, supporting the Mayor’s aim of giving local communities the chance to play a key role in making London a better place for all.