Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council has begun an imaginative programme of promotional activities to highlight the major transformation proposed for the northern end of Sutton’s pedestrianised high street.
The work, to transform Market Place Sutton into a stimulating and vibrant environment, will be carried out with a £500,000 government grant through the London Enterprise Panel.
To promote the council plans, and to seek public comments, shoppers have been enjoyed a range of colourful and fun activities over recent weekends. The entertainment has been provided by the Big Dance Bus with its “pop-up ballroom and ready-made rave” and “yarn bombing”, a form of street art where brightly-coloured knitting is draped around public objects transform their appearance.
The Big Dance Bus brings Fiesta Fitness to the Market Place Sutton area at the north end of Sutton High Street
Four months ago the council commissioned Project Centre and Jan Kattein Architects to devise a strategy for the Market Place Sutton area, such as improvements to shopfronts and an events programme to create a unique identity for the area.
The strategy proposes a number of changes to the look and feel of the pedestrianised section of Sutton High Street from the Marshall’s Road intersection to Benhill Road. These will include improving shopfronts, repainting upper floors, the installation of a market kiosk, artwork and lighting in the alleyways, and making minor improvements to the pedestrianised area including the introduction of trees and hanging baskets.
Cllr Jayne McCoy, Lib Dem chair of the council’s Housing, Economy and Business Committee, said: “We want Market Place Sutton to be a vibrant and colourful area that gives a warm welcome to everyone visiting a thriving Sutton town centre.
“To help make our High Street a really enjoyable shopping experience and draw attention to what we want to achieve for the area, we have been seeking to to attract residents to the area and promote the proposed changes in a colourful way to let them know about the next round of consultation that is coming in September.
“It is fantastic that we have £500,000 of central Government funding to make improvements that will boost footfall to this end of the High Street. But we want to hear what borough residents think of the plans to achieve this.”