A £3m project that has transformed South End into a welcoming and attractive restaurant quarter is to be celebrated at a launch event next week.
The completion of the Connected Croydon works in the area is to be officially unveiled on Thursday, 26 November.
These works have seen extensive public realm enhancements and frontage improvements to 47 buildings along South End and Selsdon Road.
This includes removal of street clutter, widening of pavements, improved landscaping and 10 improved pedestrian crossings.
There is also new street furniture and lighting, new cycle parking, and enhanced car parking layout.
With more than £1m investment from the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund, the remainder of funding was provided by the council and Transport for London.
To commemorate the completion of the works, which began in March 2014, members of the delivery team including the council, GLA, and TfL will join local residents and businesses for refreshments and speeches at 5pm on 26 November at Bagatti’s, one of the businesses on South End that benefited from the improvements.
In total, more than £50m is being invested in Croydon through the council’s Connected Croydon programme, a jointly funded project managed by the council, with support from Transport for London and an £18m contribution from the Mayor of London.
“These are significant improvements to South End following a multimillion pound investment that has transformed this vibrant area into a pleasant and attractive restaurant quarter.
“They have changed the appearance of the high street which has brought benefits to residents, businesses and visitors to South End.
“We’re delighted these works have now been completed, and this launch event will offer the opportunity for everyone to see the improvements that have been delivered.”
Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning
Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning and policy said: “Croydon is enjoying a remarkable transformation and is well on the way to becoming one of London’s most vibrant town centres and a major driver of our economy. I am pleased that we have been able to work with Croydon Council to create this new restaurant quarter and I am sure it will be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the town.”