A project to transform and develop local pride in Tolworth has been given nearly £400,000 by Sadiq Khan.

Working alongside Kingston Council, The Community Brain will deliver Shedx – a year-long programme to encourage residents to become involved in generating ideas for regeneration.

The project will include a Brazilian Festival celebrating the history of Corinthian Casuals, pop-up night markets, bringing a vacant shop in Tolworth Broadway back to use and mobile sheds aimed at encouraging residents to reimagine the area around them.

The Community Brain director Robin Hutchinson said: “This is a remarkable demonstration of faith from the Greater London Auhtority in our plans to engage the communities of Tolworth in reimagining the area and ensuring that the local voices have an active say in our futures.

“The people of Tolworth and its surrounding areas have lots of ideas, energy and enthusiasm. We hope to create the opportunities to enable them to realise their dreams and ambitions. It will build upon the work we are already doing to enable more people to join in.”

The council hopes the project will help deliver some of the aims of the Tolworth Area Plan, which was publicly consulted on late last year, and working with The Community Brain is hoped to form a blueprint for better work between the council and community groups.

Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration at Kingston Council, said: “This is very exciting news for the borough; this outcome demonstrates Kingston’s commitment to good growth.

“Shedx will ensure that those who live and work in Tolworth will have the opportunity to play their own part in shaping the regeneration and transformation of this area which is outlined in our emerging Tolworth Area Plan.”

The total allocated is £385,239, as part of £24million being given out by the Good Growth Fund.