More Details of Revealed of Public Realm Improvement Plans

£5million to be spent on a range of measures across the borough

Planters have recently been installed on Putney High Street

More details have been given about how the council plans to spend £5 million on a series of improvements to local roads, footpaths and shopping centre.

Between now and the end of the financial year the money will be invested across the borough 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.

The council says 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.”

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November 5, 2021