Street scene improvements on course in Furzedown

Published: Friday 17th November 17

A £300,000 regeneration scheme is now well underway delivering improvements to a key shopping area in the heart of Tooting’s Furzedown ward.

The project, which began last month, is boosting shops and businesses in the busy shopping parades around the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road.

Smart new shopfronts to boost local businesses

The aim is to make the area more attractive and vibrant by removing unnecessary street furniture, laying new pavements and upgrading local shopfronts.

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 is being 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.

New pavements making the area more attractive

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: “These changes are helping to make this key area of Furzedown much more attractive and safer for local people. I am delighted with the results so far.”

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Recent comments

This section of Furzedown is run down and neglected. Rubbish dumping has been a problem for some time with little pro active action to tackle perpetrators. Businesses attracting illegal and careless parking is a big problem in the section of Mitcham lane between Thrale Rd & Eardley Rd and needs stern action to address the problem. More trees and attracting some better quality business, together with robust action to deal with rubbish dumping would made a big difference to the area.
idoya D'Cruze

18 November 2017