Council unveils details of £5m public realm renewal project

Published: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The council has unveiled a £5m public realm renewal project that will see a series of refurbishments and improvements to Wandsworth’s streets, green spaces and infrastructure.

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Recently installed planters in Putney High Street

Between now and the end of the financial year the money will be invested in renewing pavements and road surfaces, upgrading footpaths in parks and commons, improving street lighting, cleaning up bridges, investing in high streets and shopping parades, planting more street trees, and removing unnecessary street clutter.

This public realm improvement fund is additional money over and above existing budgets.

This newly created fund will invest in the following areas:

• More pavement and road resurfacing - £2m
• Improvements to local shopping parades - £500,000
• River promenade upgrades - £500,000
• Rail bridge underpass lighting projects - £500,000
• Road Safety – Additional pedestrian crossings and compliance measures -£750,000
• Green spaces footpaths and railings - £500,000
• Contingency fund - £250,000

A council spokesperson said: “This money will help boost Wandsworth’s recovery from the pandemic.

“We all saw how working practices, socialising and travel habits changed dramatically during the pandemic. People spent more time in local parks, open spaces and in their neighbourhoods. As a council we want to ensure this public realm is as good as it can be with well-maintained roads and pavements, better lighting and improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We want make sure that Wandsworth is not only the Brighter Borough but the smarter and more attractive borough too.”

More detailed information and delivery updates about individual schemes will be published as the project progresses.