Sixteen shops in Whitton are set to receive improvements or ‘facelifts’ as part of the Council’s Uplift programme.
Further works on the High Street will begin next week to improve the shop facades. This will include new lighting, signage and work to restore architectural features.
The work is part of the Council’s Uplift programme, which aims to rejuvenate the Whitton, Hampton North, Barnes, Mortlake and Ham areas of the borough.
Whitton has already benefited from the programme, seeing over £325, 000 being spent on upgrading shop fronts, replacing all lamp columns in the High Street with 1930s style columns, installing new high quality signage to replace damaged signs to direct people around the town centre and into car parks.
As part of the next stage, a further £1.5m is being spent on regeneration activities for the area. Improvements include: more shop fronts improvements, resurfacing the carriageway, new pavements, the amount of street furniture and signs will be reduced and new trees will be planted.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said:
"This Conservative administration continues to demonstrate its prioritisation of our Village within its development plans. Based on the requests of residents we are spending a further £1.5m to build on the works already undertaken. Once finished Whitton will be the place to be!"
Cllr Virginia Morris, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Since the All in One survey, where residents told us they wanted to see improvements to Whitton High Street, we have worked hard to restore the character of the local area and make it a place people enjoy shopping in.
“Whitton has a beautiful High Street, with many independent traders. With our help we hope to support them in this difficult economic climate by making it a real destination for people living here and in surrounding areas.
“A few years ago residents told us that Whitton was the forgotten part of the borough. No longer. Once again we have already made a huge investment in the High Street, with a number of the shops already benefiting. But we always said that this was just the start and that we had a programme of activity to improve life for businesses and residents alike.
“Already Whitton High Street has been transformed and I hope that when the work has been completed, the businesses and residents will really notice the difference.”