GLA awards WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District (BID) £20,000 grant from the Greener City fund to be used for local Greenways Project

As part of the Mayor’s initiative to improve air quality and access to green spaces, WeAreWaterloo has been awarded £20,000 from the Greener City Fund

The Greener City Fund - increased to £12 million in 2018 – supports a variety of projects, from Community Tree Planting to London’s Urban Forest, and WeAreWaterloo BID intend to use their allocation to implement their Greenways project on Cornwall Road. Greenways, a phrase coined by Transport for London, are safe, quiet and clean air routes through backstreets and green spaces, designed to be used by walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities.

As part of the project, WeAreWaterloo will erect a 40m2 mural onto the electric bus garage located on Cornwall Road, which will feature an information board providing further details on Greenways in the centre. They will also install a pocket park on Secker Street, a linear park at the top of Cornwall Road, with additional planters positioned on the street itself. Additionally (not fund related), the BID will create and host a micro-site containing details about the project and design a floor stencil, which will be jet-washed to direct pedestrians towards the Greenways in Waterloo.

WeAreWaterloo hopes that promoting the cleaner walking routes in the BID area will provide residents, tourists and workers with a healthier alternative when travelling from the South Bank to Waterloo - an area that currently attracts approx. 30-50k visitors per day. The mural, design to be chosen by a panel of stakeholders, will also act as an excellent tool for clearly defining Waterloo as a destination, while supporting local businesses.

Alex Butt, Operations and Services Manager at WeAreWaterloo says: “WeAreWaterloo is committed to improving the local environment for its workers, visitors and residents. We are thrilled to have received the grant from the Greener City fund and look forward to implementing our Greenways project across the BID area.”

The first stage is set to commence February 2019, and will see the development of a pocket park on Secker Street. WeAreWaterloo are working with local charity, Groundwork, to organise a community planting day to fulfil this aspect of the project. All elements of WeAreWaterloo’s Greenways project should be in place by January 2020.