Proposals out for consultation on Furzedown improvement scheme

Published: 25 November 2016

Residents and businesses in the Furzedown area of Tooting are being asked to give their verdicts on a set of proposals designed to smarten up and improve a key part of their neighbourhood.

The council has published plans to boost shops and businesses in the important local shopping parades around the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road.

The plans also include suggestions on making the area more attractive by removing unnecessary street furniture, laying new pavements and also installing new seating to make this key location a focal point for the community.

They also include additional parking provision for cyclists and also more short stay parking bays to make it easier for both local shoppers and passing customers while business would benefit from extra bays for loading and unloading their goods and products.

There would be improved carriageway drainage to prevent puddles forming and also more serious flooding at this busy transport junction.

Some footpaths would be widened to give pedestrians more room and CCTV cameras would be upgraded to provide greater public reassurance and help deter crime and anti-social behaviour.

Some speed bumps at the junction of Mitcham Lane and Thrale Road could be removed and more street trees planted to make the neighbourhood greener.

Consultation on these proposals is now underway and the council is keen to hear the views of local people.

Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Residents and businesses in this part of Furzedown have asked us to look at ways of improving the area and we have listened carefully to what they’ve said.

“As a response we have come up with a comprehensive package of measures that we think would benefit the area.

“I would like local people to now look at the proposals and tell us what they think. It is important for residents and businesses to take part in this consultation so that we can deliver the best scheme for this part of Tooting.”

A copy of the questionnaire, along with specific details of what is being proposed, is being hand delivered to 500 shops and households in the area. The questionnaire can also be completed online at

The closing date for comments is midnight on January 4.