Sadiq Khan pledges more than £400,000 to London community projects


Light installations in Southall, digital art for Hackney youngsters and creating Camden’s answer to the New York Highline public park are among 25 community-led projects the Mayor of London has pledged to support through his Crowdfund London initiative.

Sadiq has pledged up to £40,000 to each of the projects, which have been selected from nearly 80 ideas from community groups who want to regenerate their local areas. Last week they drummed up further support at a live ‘pitch and pledge’ event at City Hall.

The projects include:

Southall Light Show (Ealing): £12,500 from the Mayor will help create a series of light installations, forming a trail across Southall to celebrate its cultural diversity and heritage. The group will run workshops to inform the design of artworks, which will explore the unique character of Southall and its community.

Ladywell Self-Build Community Space (Lewisham): £30,000 from the Mayor will support the creation of a self-build community resource led by Royal Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS). Local residents and volunteers will create a knowledge hub and education space for self-building, community-led housing and sustainable living.

Camden Highline (Camden): £2,500 from the Mayor will help fund detailed feasibility work to explore the conversion of a disused overground rail line between Kings Cross and Camden Town into a public park and green link, similar to New York’s famous Highline.

Hoxton Hall Youth Music Shout Out (Hackney): £10,000 from the Mayor will fund the design and installation of digital art and recording facilities at Hoxton Hall. The new space will enable young people to learn new creative skills.

The programme is funded by LEAP – the London Economic Action Partnership – which brings entrepreneurs and business together with the Mayor and London Councils to identify strategic actions to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital.