Council completes Wimbledon Chase facelift

Following weeks of intense activity, the council has completed a programme of works in the Wimbledon Chase area, giving the place a welcome facelift.

The improvements in Kingston Road between Cannon Hill and Wimbledon Chase Station are part of the council’s £2 million investment in Merton’s street scene. All the old street furniture – excluding street lighting and essential road signs – was removed. A number of new trees have been planted to improve the look and feel of the area. Shrubs have also been planted in newly constructed raised flower beds and four new benches have been installed along with four litter bins and 14 cycle stands. To consolidate the new improved look, council engineers have been out repairing the pavements where needed.

Having completed the Wimbledon Chase works, the council will be resurfacing Kingston Road between the junctions of Mostyn Road and Bushy Road from Monday 22 February. Transport for London is funding the resurfacing which will be happening between 8.00pm and 3.00am for about three weeks.

Councillor David Simpson said: “It’s great to see the Wimbledon Chase works completed and we’re looking forward to the road being resurfaced as the icing on the cake. As spring approaches, this part of Merton will improve further when the trees and plants come into bloom. This is the first project to benefit from the street design guide contained in our new public realm strategy, which was agreed earlier this year. Our clear aim is to remove unnecessary clutter from our streets and where street furniture is old and has fallen into disrepair, to install sympathetically and well-designed replacements.

“We are committed to putting residents first by improving the physical appearance of the borough for everyone. In rolling out similar improvement programmes to other parts of the borough, we are all set to ensure a well designed and attractive public realm which is appropriate to the local area.”

Merton Council’s public realm strategy can be viewed at: http://www.merton.gov.uk/publicrealm

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