Work almost complete on Furzedown improvement scheme
Published: Thursday 28th June 18
A scheme to revitalise a key neighbourhood in the heart of the Furzedown area of Tooting is now almost complete.
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 began on the improvements in October last year. The aim was to make the area more attractive by removing unnecessary street furniture and laying new pavements.
A granite wall, engraved with the word ‘Furzedown’ and illuminated with architectural lighting, has been installed to emphasise the area’s strong identity
And new infrastructure will mean a large Christmas tree can be erected at this key location each festive season, making it more of a focal point for the community.
There is additional parking provision for cyclists and more short stay parking bays to make it easier for both local shoppers and passing customers. A number of shop-fronts have been upgraded as part of the scheme, and local businesses will also benefit from extra bays for loading and unloading their goods and products.
Some footpaths have been widened to give pedestrians more room and CCTV cameras have been upgraded to provide greater public reassurance and help deter crime and anti-social behaviour. Improved carriageway drainage will 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 have been removed and more street trees planted to make the neighbourhood greener.
Regeneration spokesman Cllr Rory O’Broin 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.”