I am delighted that following lobbying from local Conservative Councillors and myself that the restaurant quarter in South End is about to benefit from a £3 million street makeover from Croydon Council as part of its £50 million Connected Croydon plan, the Council is redesigning the area to support South End’s restaurant offer and build on its success as a place for people to eat out.
Work begins this month and will include a range of improvements to the local street scene including new public spaces for people to enjoy along South End and Selsdon Road, with more opportunities for restaurants and cafes to spill out on the street and build on the existing atmosphere. Three new seating areas will be created and new trees planted, while the pavements will be de-cluttered and the pedestrian guardrail removed.
The goal is for pedestrians to find travelling around the area easier, safer and more pleasant so the pavements in South End and Selsdon Road will be widened with the road narrowed to encourage lower traffic speeds. The Council will provide cycle parking and at least one in five of the buildings will be given help to improve their shop frontage to help create a welcoming atmosphere.
The improvements will be completed in time for Christmas 2014, with the initial phase completed in time for the now annual summer food festival.
To find out more about the Connected Croydon programme, please visit http://www.connectedcroydon.tumblr.com.
UPDATE: It has been pointed out to me - quite rightly - that I should have given credit to the local businesses and residents who have been working with the Council to develop these plans as well as the local councillors and myself!