New Year, new town centre for Sutton 8.1.10
Work on regeneration of Sutton town centre is now in full force after a seasonal break to avoid disruption over the busy trading period.
Contractors are back on site to complete the £3m transformation project, funded mainly by Transport for London and money from planning developments.
The next few weeks will see the installation of new paving, steel framed benches to replace the existing wooden seating and multi purpose litter bins which enable shoppers to recycle their rubbish as they are on the move.
The first of 30 new trees were planted in October and the greener feel to the area will be completed with a living green wall on the Wilkinson building.
As the work progresses into the spring, visitors to the high street will also see more space for entertainment and additional lighting.
The aim is make Sutton an even more attractive place for people to visit, shop and enjoy themselves, and therefore an even better place for more firms to come and do business.
Cllr Lyn Gleeson, Executive Member for Economic Development on Sutton Council, said: "I am thrilled to see the town centre works back up and running. The coming weeks will be an exciting time for shoppers and businesses alike as the high street becomes smarter, greener and more user friendly.
"In the long term the improvements will really help to encourage more people to the area, giving local businesses a much needed lift during the recession and put Sutton town centre on the map as one of London's best shopping and entertainment centres."
Designs for the improvements were drawn up following extensive consultation with the Sutton Town Centre Partnership, businesses and residents.
Last updated: Monday, 12 April 2010