Tooting has won a bid for £194,155 of funding to bring new life to the town centre. Cllr. Rex Osborn said: ‘For a long time Tooting’s Labour councillors have been pressing for a development programme for Tooting, so it’s excellent news to hear that this bid has come through. We know Tooting has a lot to offer and there is a growing business and arts community which will bring a buzz to the town centre.’
The funding will support these exciting initiatives:
Development of the creative offer in Tooting Market – the market owners will support artistic social enterprise company the Brick Box to develop and promote an exciting programme of daytime and evening activities which will benefit a wide range of potential audiences and visitors. Total cost of this project is £125,100.
Capacity building for the Tooting Business Network – temporary administrative support will develop the Network on a more formal footing, including data collection and a membership scheme, and will also enable at least three networking/information events to be delivered. The total cost of this project is £9,810.
Tooting town centre website development – the http://www.tootinglife.com website will be developed to enable up to 50 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic businesses to have their own webpage and actively contribute content to the site. The total cost of this project is £15,000.
Tooting Arts Network gallery space – the newly established Tooting Arts Network, bringing together established arts and crafts groups, will be supported in opening a temporary town centre gallery space which will also act as a platform for ‘Handmade in Tooting’ (goods made by hand in the Tooting area). The total cost of this project is £30,000.
Tooting, Furzedown and Balham Artists Trail – more effective publicity for this initiative which brings together 28 local artists; the highest concentration of artists working from home in the Borough. The total cost of this project is £1,200.
Tooting Arts Club’s third production – this theatre company which seeks to mount productions in interesting town centre paces will be supported in identifying and animating a ‘hidden space’ in the town centre. The total cost of this project is £6,500.
Wandsworth Museum mini-tour – bringing some fascinating Tooting related items to Tooting for a short exhibition, enabling local young people to connect with Tooting’s history and heritage. This is likely to utilise the gallery space. The total cost of this project is £3,000.
Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) – Family Fun Day – a grant to support development of a bigger and better 2012 Family Fun Day including support for closure of Broadwater Road (achieved without incident in 2011) and development of the Wellbeing Project.
Banners and Festive Lights – renewal of the six ‘Welcome to Tooting’ banners at Tooting Broadway, plus identifying other suitable town centre locations for more banners. Any surplus funds to be allocated to Tooting Business Network replacement of those festive lights that have deteriorated and are now below standard. The total cost of this project is £15,000.