Generous Balham raises charity cash

Published: Tuesday 17th January 17

Generous Balham residents and visitors raised hundreds of pounds for the charity Centrepoint at the official launch of the Bedford Hill Place public space.

Hundreds turned up to the festive event

They donated the money in exchange for Christmas treats given to the event by local businesses Dee Light Bakery, The Bedford and Samuel Estates, and by the architect of the improvements to Balham High Road, Metropolitan Workshop.

The launch and charity collection was held in December at the town’s Christmas lights ceremony. The money has now been totted up and presented to the charity for homeless young people.

The new public space has been created in a disused area next to Sainsbury’s car park and has provided shoppers with a seating area and events venue.

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Kim Caddy said.

The revamped railway bridge

“I’d also like to thank all the people who gave so generously to the charity donation. The atmosphere at the event was so positive and it was a real celebration of the transformation of Balham over the past few months. The town is going from strength to strength and is one of the most desirable places to live, work, eat and shop in south London.”

Balham town centre has recently gone through a major project to improve its public spaces, including the pedestrianisation of Hildreth Street and the installation of new paving and lighting in the popular market street.

In addition, public artworks were commissioned from artist Tod Hanson by the council and the Balham Partnership to brighten up Balham High Road. They include the transformation of the wall next to Waitrose car park with a piece called The Music of Architecture and a colourful frieze attached to the wall under the railway bridge. The architectural design and artworks have won a 2016 Wandsworth Design Award.

The new Bedford Hill Place

Meanwhile the Balham.com website run by the Balham Town Centre Manager will shortly be relaunching with information about shopping, eating, events and more.

Find out about your local town centre and what it has to offer at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/towncentr

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