South Norwood is set to benefit from a £95 million Government fund to revitalise the UK's historic high streets.

The investment will turn empty and underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets and housing to support wider regeneration in the 69 successful areas by attracting future commercial investment.

To preserve the heritage of areas, the funding will also go towards education projects and bespoke events to help reposition historic buildings as hubs at the heart of communities.

Conservative candidate for Croydon Central Mario Creatura said: "I grew up in South Norwood. I went to school off Woodside Green, learned to swim in South Norwood Pools and spent a lot of time playing in the Country Park - so I know how important our high street is to the local community.

"For too long South Norwood has not had the support or investment it needs to thrive, so it is right that the Conservative Government has stepped in to award £95 million to help breathe new life into high streets all over England, including South Norwood.

"This cash boost will benefit businesses, support our much-loved buildings and help to make our communities more attractive places to live, work and visit - and all that can only be to the benefit of South Norwood."

In December South Norwood was also awarded £1 million of Mayor funding for a regeneration project, We Love SE25.

A report by the Royal Society of Public Health branded South Norwood high street the fifth ‘unhealthiest’ in London due to the number of off licences, gambling shops and other businesses categorised as damaging to residents at the end of last year.