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August 2021

In response to the pandemic the GLA has set up a London Recovery Board, they have embarked on an ambitious programme to tackle social, economic and health inequalities and deliver a cleaner, greener London.


One part of the boards mission is to enhance what is good on our High Streets and re-imagine the future in terms of changing public behaviour, this includes engaging with and building stronger communities by bringing together local authorities, community and business groups, cultural and third sector organisations, anchor institutions such as universities, colleges or hospitals, and commercial interests to join forces and develop much-needed capacity to support high street and town centre renewal.

For more information about this please take a look at the High Streets for All and The London Recovery Board webpages

The council saw this as an opportunity to work with the community on a common goal and have subsequently helped local community groups obtain funding from the GLA to build a community and business partnership. The project is still in its infancy but I have been appointed as co-ordinator, meetings have been held and informal consultation is currently underway in real life and online on how to develop the project and what thoughts and ideas people have to offer. 


Consequently there is a growing number of stakeholders who are supporting the project in various ways, here is a list of some members of the group.

New Malden Rotary Club, The Korean British Cultural Exchange, New Malden Residents Association, The Community Brain, The Village New Malden, The Malden Fortnight, Achieving for Children, Malden and Coombe Heritage Society, Malden Emergency First Aid Society, Kingston Arts, Kingston Environment Centre, Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Kingston Arts Commissioner, Kingston Regen Team, Kingston Volunteer and Community Services.

Our meetings are open and we are welcoming of all members of the community and wish to be as representative as possible. Therefore we expect this group to evolve and hope that it becomes an even more wonderful reflection of the whole of New Malden.

For now I will be updating people regularly on The New Malden Neighbourhood page and The Village New Malden socials.

If you would like to know more, have any ideas or skills to volunteer please get in touch.

Danielle O'Shaughnessy