On 18th May 2011, Cllr Tony Arbour AM, South West London’s Assembly Member, called on the Mayor to include Whitton in the outer London regeneration fund.
[Transcript of Mayor's Question Time -http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=3763]
Tony Arbour (AM): What progress has been made in setting up the fund? Which outer London regeneration schemes are being considered for funding?
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): The outer London fund is going to be up and running fairly shortly. I do not want to give the game away now by saying which particular schemes may attract funding, but clearly there are some wonderful things being done, urban realm schemes, all sorts of ways of improving outer London town centres and high streets and they will all be looked at very closely. You will have the first round of projects being announced this summer.
Tony Arbour (AM): “It is very important to my constituency that we have some idea of how these things are going to be distributed because they are clearly going to be a catalyst for regeneration and we want to be making our plans now. You will be interested to know in the light of your discussion on the history of Middlesex that my constituency contains the county town of Middlesex, Brentford, which is in sore need of this money, as also is Kingston-upon-Thames, which of course is the old county town of Surrey and indeed the capital town of Wessex where seven kings were crowned.
Indeed, I recall you paying homage at the Coronation Stone there, which is more than your predecessor ever did. Both of those places would very much like a piece of the action, as indeed would Twickenham and Whitton in the other part of my constituency. I know it is one of these ghastly things that happen where constituency members like to say that their part of London is more deserving than in other parts but in this case, given our illustrious history, I think you will agree that we really are in need of this money.”
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): “I am sure that the people of Brentford, Twickenham, Kingston and all the other places you mentioned will be deeply grateful for your intercession on this matter and I am sure you will be helping to steer some outer London fund money in their direction”
Outer London Regeneration Fund
The Outer London Regeneration Fund is a £50m fund announced by the Mayor to boost regeneration in outer London. London Mayor Boris Johnson fought, and was successful, in retaining some of the funds lost when the London Development Agency was abolished and is directing them towards regeneration projects in outer London boroughs.