Work about to begin on Furzedown improvement scheme
Published: Friday 22nd September 17
A scheme to revitalise a key neighbourhood in the heart of the Furzedown area of Tooting will begin within days it has been announced.
The £300,000 regeneration project is designed to boost shops and businesses in the busy shopping parades around the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road.
Work delivering these neighbourhood improvements is scheduled to begin on October 2.
The scheme will make the area more attractive by removing unnecessary street furniture and laying new pavements.
It will also see the introduction of a granite wall, engraved with the word ‘Furzedown’ and illuminated with architectural lighting, emphasising the area’s strong identity
New infrastructure will be installed to allow a large Christmas tree to be erected at this key location each festive season, making it more of a focal point for the community.
The changes will also see additional parking provision for cyclists and also more short stay parking bays to make it easier for both local shoppers and passing customers. Local businesses will also benefit from extra bays for loading and unloading their goods and products.
Some footpaths will be widened to give pedestrians more room and CCTV cameras will be upgraded to provide greater public reassurance and help deter crime and anti-social behaviour.
Carriageway drainage will be improved to prevent puddles forming and also more serious flooding at this busy transport junction.
Some speed bumps at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road will be removed and more street trees planted to make the neighbourhood greener.
Consultation on these proposals took place last year and got an overwhelming green light from local residents and businesses.
Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Residents and businesses in this part of Furzedown asked us to look at ways of improving the area and I’m delighted that we are now just days away from delivering that goal
“We listened very carefully to what residents and businesses told us and they helped us come up with a comprehensive package of measures to benefit and improve the area.
“These changes will make this part of Furzedown much more attractive and safer for local people. I am delighted this project is now getting underway.”