Market Place Sutton works update – May 2017
19 May 2017
Over the past several years, the northern end of the High Street had not been performing well; the public space and buildings had a tired appearance; shop signs were often incongruous; a high rate of vacant units added to an air of neglect, drawing the high street into a vicious cycle where under-investment led to lower footfall and lower footfall led to low business profitability which again led to under-investment. To break this cycle, the place was in need of investment and grant funding was necessary to bring this forward.
The council secured funding from the London Enterprise Panel in December 2014 to help jump start regenerating the northern end of the pedestrianised High Street (between Marshall’s Road and Benhill Road/ Greenford Road).
After intensive consultations, the following works were agreed:
- Improving 7 shop fronts and upper facades (200-214 High Street Sutton);
- Enhancing the public realm with a new gateway feature, new landscaping, seating and lighting;
- Activating the alleyways with art work; and
- Holding 6-7 events for people of all ages to enjoy.
The shop fronts and the uppers were completed early this month, transforming the way this end of High Street looks. The trees have been planted, and art work on the wall in an alleywall is almost complete. The rest of the public realm works will start in July, to be completed by August 2017.
Once again, the Council thanks all visitors and businesses in the High Street, who have shown enormous patience while the construction work was going on.