New look for Tooting’s Totterdown Street includes pedestrianisation, greenery and new street market

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A popular street in Tooting which serves an important focal point for the community is to receive a facelift and benefit from pedestrianisation as part of a pilot scheme designed to boost the town centre’s attractiveness and economic fortunes.

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How Totterdown Street is set to be transformed

 A new public open space is to be created in Totterdown Street with tables and chairs for people to relax and enjoy this new-look outdoor setting – undisturbed by passing traffic.

A pedestrianised zone will be established between Saint Cyprian’s Street and Blakenham Road. This will be achieved through the introduction of a Totterdown Street - Saint Cyprian’s Street - Kellino Street one-way system.

This will provide space for a new street market incorporating food and drink traders and seating areas, with associated greenery in the form of shrubs and bushes set in colourful planters surrounding the seating areas. 

The pilot scheme has been drawn up following an extensive local public consultation where residents and businesses came up with a series of ideas and suggestions on how to improve Totterdown Street.

Wandsworth’s Cabinet Member for Transport Jenny Yates said: “We think this is a really exciting pilot initiative that will make this part of Tooting a more prominent local landmark and leisure destination.

“We hope the new street market, seating, greenery and pedestrianised section will bring people to Totterdown Street and provide a great boost to local businesses.”

And Kemi Akinola, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector, Business Engagement and Culture added: “Over the next 12 months we will listen carefully to the views of local residents and businesses before deciding whether or not to make these changes permanent. The views of local people will be pivotal in helping us reach that final decision so I would urge them to take part in our online consultation which will be open for comments throughout the year.”

Work to introduce these changes is set to get underway later this month – starting in the week commencing May 27.