Putney will be sharing in £1billion worth of Government funding.

Wandsworth Council said it applied for the money to support Putney to help breath new life into empty shops, ease traffic congestion and revamp public areas.

The council’s cabinet member for economic development, skills and employment, Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “I am delighted that Putney High Street has been shortlisted by the government for further support.

"I look forward to continuing to work with the Putney BID and other stakeholders to work up detailed plans.

“Putney has been affected by the changes faced nationwide by the retail sector and our proposals will help to support the high street and identifying new initiatives that will ensure it continues to serve the needs of the local community.”

The application to the fund was worked up alongside key stakeholders, including the Positively Putney business improvement district.

Nicola Grant, executive director of the business improvement group said: "Cash for Putney town centre is brilliant news for our local businesses and residents.

"We’re looking forward to working with Wandsworth Council to develop detailed proposals for the funding."

The council added that funding will build on work already carried out, and improvements scheduled to start this month, including lighting-up St Mary’s Church and Putney Bridge, repaving, upgrading streetlights and better facilities for cyclists.