In early September, work is set to begin for the pedestrianisation of North End as a part of the £500 million programme ‘Croydon’s Growth Zone’. The intent is to improve the area’s night time economy, as well as create a new public space that will help further develop the community.
Other aspects of Croydon’s Growth Zone include the construction of a ‘Smart City’, which hopes to make the borough’s centre sustainable and technologically adapted to provide for the recent growth in businesses locating in the area. The council also has a multi-million pound school building programme, which will offer 6,000 new places by 2020 and is the largest school-building project in the country.
The regenerated space also hopes to bring new life into the retail and commercial core of Croydon, especially once the Whitgift shopping centre nearby is reconstructed by Westfield and Hammerson – there are plans for a new quality department store with over 300 shops and a new cinema complex too.
It is hoped that making this area safer and more pleasant for pedestrians will boost the local economy, especially as it is set to attract all manner of restaurants and retail.