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New Tooting Street Market with Alfresco Dining to Open in Pedestrianised Town Centre

Exciting news for Tooting! A new street market with al fresco dining is set to open in the heart of the town, aiming to give local businesses a much-needed boost.

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Wandsworth Council is launching this innovative scheme on Totterdown Street, which will be pedestrianised for a 12-month trial period.

Transforming Totterdown Street

The council will transform Totterdown Street into a vibrant market space, stretching between Saint Cyprian’s Street and Blakenham Road. They will implement a one-way traffic system from Totterdown Street to Saint Cyprian’s Street to Kellino Street. This pedestrian-friendly area will feature food and drink stalls, complemented by tables and chairs for customers to enjoy their meals in the open air. Colourful planters with shrubs and bushes will also be installed around the seating areas to enhance the ambiance.

Community Consultation and Initial Feedback

After consulting with residents and businesses last year, the council developed this pilot scheme to improve Totterdown Street. Initially, they proposed pedestrianising a longer stretch of the street, from Tooting High Street to Blakenham Road, but later revised the plan.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) visited Tooting Market after the initial proposals were announced. Ali Reed, who runs the retro sweet shop The Candy Cane Lounge near the entrance, expressed enthusiasm for the plans. “As a business, I think it would bring more people. It would be just a nicer area,” she said.

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Council’s Vision for the Market

Labour councillor Jenny Yates, Cabinet Member for Transport, shared her excitement about the project. “We think this is a really exciting pilot initiative that will make this part of Tooting a more prominent local landmark and leisure destination. We hope the new street market, seating, greenery, and pedestrianised section will bring people to Totterdown Street and provide a great boost to local businesses,” she said.

Listening to Residents

Labour councillor Kemi Akinola, Cabinet Member for Culture, emphasised the importance of local residents’ opinions in determining the future of the street market. “Over the next 12 months, we will listen carefully to the views of local residents and businesses before deciding whether or not to make these changes permanent,” she stated. The public will be able to participate in an online consultation held by the council throughout the trial period.

Get Ready for the New Market

The council will start work on the new street market in the week beginning May 27. So, mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy a fantastic new destination in Tooting. The new market aims to support local businesses and provide a delightful experience for residents and visitors alike.

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