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.”

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Recent comments

I praise the initiative by the council for aiming to improve the aesthetic of this run-down looking space. I do wonder however, if there will be plans to increase the greenery of the area. A few trees would make a big difference.
Phil Fletcher

8 October 2018

The sign looks great and it's a very nice touch to have an annual Xmas tree in the area. Money well invested overall.
Simon Brand

30 September 2018

Due to the widening of the pavement at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road the lane to turn left onto Thrale Road has been narrowed making it impossible for 2 vehicles to stand at the traffic lights. The lane needs to be made into one lane or the pavement taken in so that there can be 2 lanes. I have seen many vehicles force their way in the lanes. Furthermore, the road markings on Westcote Road should be reinstated to show the correct lanes especially now that the entrance of Thrale Road has been narrowed because vehicles also force their way onto Thrale Road when they have been in the lane to turn right onto Mitcham Lane.

1 September 2018

How much better it would have been if some trees and green planting had been done by the Furzedown signage instead of the sterile paving. It's just the same at Southside shopping centre: huge areas of lifeless paving. Imagine the difference if both places had had plants, flowers, shrubs and small trees instead. German councils understand the environmental benefits of extensive greenery; Wandsworth seemingly does not. Such a shame - and such a missed opportunity
Robert Polley

30 June 2018