Bromley North Village celebrates new look
Published Monday, 23 March 2015
Bromley North Village celebrated its revitalised new look and the start of Spring with a special event over the weekend.
Saturday’s Spring event showcased the new and improved Bromley North Village in partnership with local businesses. The landmark £5.5 million public realm improvement scheme provided brand new granite paving, lamp columns, trees and new street furniture in Market Square, East Street and the High Street to give the area an economic boost as part of long term improvements around the borough. The scheme was funded in partnership with the council, Transport for London (TfL) and The Mayor’s Outer London Fund (OLF).
Popular activities on the day included spring-themed animals, the Easter egg trail throughout local businesses, balloon modelling, live entertainment, heritage walks and special offers from local businesses.
“These extensive improvements to the area to the High Street underline our commitment to Building a Better Bromley and playing our part in ensuring business and investment continues in our town centres. We have a long term vision and we are delighted to see more people visiting the area already, with new businesses joining our fantastic community. We have worked closely with local businesses all the way along this project and we would like to thank traders, shoppers and motorists for their magnificent support while the works were completed so that we can all now enjoy the new look area ” said Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation.
David Rowe, Head of Borough Projects and Programmes at TfL, commented; “It is fantastic to see that our funding has helped to transform Bromley North Village. From new granite paving to more trees and better public spaces, the Village has been given a new look and feel in time for Spring. We are committed to working with local councils to help create town centres which are well connected, vibrant and welcoming places that support jobs and growth, just as Bromley is."
The ambitious scheme to provide an economic boost and attract new independent businesses to the historic area began in July 2013 after significant consultation with businesses, residents and stakeholders. It was completed successfully and on budget in time for the Christmas 2014 trading period. This builds on other projects in Bromley town centre and has already increased footfall to the area, with new businesses arriving and vacancy rates falling to 6.6 percent in February 2015, from recent level of 9.5percent in February 2013, compared to a 10.4 percent national vacancy rate.
Councillor Michael Rutherford, Bromley Town Ward Councillor who attended the celebration, added: "The Bromley North Village work has been a great example of council, business and community working together. The brighter and pedestrian-friendly streets have brought fantastic new bars, restaurants and shops to the area. With weekday footfall up 62 percent, weekend footfall up 49 percent, and empty units down, the improvements have been great for shoppers, restaurant-goers, businesses and taxpayers alike."
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