Catford Broadway improvements begin

Lewisham Council reports:

Work has started on a major refurbishment of Catford Broadway – one of a number of projects being undertaken by Lewisham Council to help attract more shoppers and visitors to Catford town centre.

Between now and spring 2014, the Council’s contractors will be:

- laying brand new level paving to create a more accessible and pedestrian-friendly street which will also help to resolve current issues including drainage
- installing new lighting and seating
- working with a number of shopkeepers to improve the appearance and condition of their shopfronts
upgrading the alleyway between Catford Broadway and the Thomas Lane car park (in between no’s 15 and 17 Catford Broadway) to encourage more people to use both the car park and the alleyway.

This work will be carried out in phases, so Catford Broadway can remain open for business throughout. The market will also continue to operate as normal, although individual stalls will be temporarily relocated while their usual location is being worked on.

From September onwards, once the first phase of the works is completed, parking will no longer be permitted on Catford Broadway in order to encourage more pedestrian use.

The Council has secured £1.5 million from the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund to carry out the refurbishment of Catford Broadway and various associated projects such as the new Catford Broadway Supper Club, Catford Broadway Market which takes place on the first Sunday of each month and the trainee market trader scheme which has helped over a dozen residents to set up their own businesses. The Council has contributed an additional £600,000 towards this scheme.