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Wings sculpture campaign puts £22m Angel Central upgrade at risk

15 June, 2018

The wings sculpture at Angel Central

• FOLLOWING coverage in the local media about the “Save the wings” campaign we believe it is important to highlight the impact to the local economy should the proposed development of Angel Central not proceed due to the wings sculpture remaining in place.

Angel.london, the Business Improvement District (BID) for the area, representing more than 600 businesses, welcomes the development at Angel Central and all that it will bring to the area.

There is clearly a lot of support for retaining the wings sculpture, but it is not universal. While the sculpture is part of the identity of the locale, it is concerning to think that its very presence is curtailing a pivotal development within the heart of Angel.

The proposed upper-level, circular walkway and ground-level landscaping at Angel Central will improve visitor movement and create better linkages to Liverpool Road and Chapel Market. Moreover, the planned developments would result in better facilities for those with access needs and new public conveniences that will benefit all in the community.

The pressure of the recession is still being felt in high streets across the UK, highlighted by the recent announce­ment by House of Fraser of the closure of a significant proportion of its high-street portfolio.

In Angel, we are lucky to have a vibrant high street with a healthy mix of retail and leisure covering large brands and independents. But we are not complacent and recognise that continued investment is required in order for Angel to maintain its vibrancy. Thus, it is critical that the £11million upgrade to Angel Central should go ahead.

The planned development will generate approximately 100 direct new jobs for the area at all levels; from first-time employment for young people through to management-level roles, not to mention the “additionality” of new roles within the supply chain.

The development of Angel Central will help to safeguard those jobs already in place, by ensuring the long-term sustainability that is vital for the Angel and the wider community.

CHRISTINE LOVETT
Chief executive, Angel.london

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