Compensation For Old York Road Traders

Whose businesses were disrupted by recent road works

Businesses in Old York Road whose trade was disrupted by the recent road works on the street, will receive a discount on their business rate bills.

In total 34 businesses in Old York Road will receive a discount on their rates. The five that were the most affected will get a ten per cent rebate, while 29 others will see bills reduced by five per cent.

The reductions cover the 13 week period that the roadworks were in place.

Wandsworth's cabinet member for economic development and business partnerships James Cousins said: "I'm pleased that the Valuation Office has responded positively to the case we put forward on behalf of the businesses.

"It is clear that the works did cause a degree of disruption and certainly would have reduced the chances of them benefiting from passing trade, so it is only fair that their business rate bills reflect these particular circumstances."

The works were the first phase of a major improvement scheme in Old York Road to smarten up the area, improve pedestrian access, provide better facilities for cyclists and deliver a safer crossing outside Wandsworth Town Station. This phase of the scheme was completed ahead of schedule.

The busy pedestrian crossing outside The Alma pub was widened to make it less crowded, and the carriageway raised to make it easier to use for pedestrians and those with prams or wheelchairs.

Phase two of the works, which are currently underway but are not affecting local businesses, involves the construction of a raised table at the junction of Ferrier Street to help pedestrians cross the road, and reduce the speed of vehicles approaching this junction.

The final phase of the works - which will begin soon and should not disrupt trade for local shops - will see new granite paving laid outside the station entrance and unnecessary street furniture like bollards, signposts and guardrails removed to improve pedestrian flows.

The station forecourt will be extended by removing the defunct brick planters that stand near the entrance. They have been unused for some years and act only as magnets for litter.

New cycle racks will also be installed at several locations to help cyclists use rail services at Wandsworth Town. These will be positioned where they do not pose an obstacle to pedestrians.

Seating will also be provided around some of the trees near the station entrance, while the street traders operating there will be provided with better facilities to help their businesses thrive.

September 23, 2013