Creating a vibrant and welcoming town centre is very important to its success, and it’s a key part of our commitment to our businesses. One of the ways we are supporting this aim is through our Social Spaces project.
The aim of this project is to create more welcoming, social and accessible street environments for businesses to benefit from, and for customers and visitors to Kingston to enjoy, by delivering 3 temporary schemes:
- Part-Pedestrianising Thames Street with a timed road closure, and introducing planting and seating
- Introducing planting and seating in Lower Fife Road
- Introducing planting and seating in Station Plaza
Kingston First will project manage the temporary scheme, and we have commissioned Davies White, a local landscape architect, to develop detailed designs and project manage the installation of seating, greenery and reshaping of the spaces. As well as consulting with our members, we will be working closely with the Royal Borough of Kingston and stakeholders including Blue Light services, residents, cycle and access groups and green and biodiversity groups. We hope to complete the project this summer, with a Community Planting Day also being organised for local residents to add the finishing touches to the spaces before they are unveiled.
We are currently consulting on the schemes and would like to thank those businesses who have taken part already for all the feedback you have given on our plans. As we go forward, we will be ensuring your views are taken into account, and keep you updated on progress. If you would like to share your thoughts or be involved in consultations, call 020 8547 1221, or email email@example.com.