With our partners we are making improvements to part of Croydon Road in Caterham.
These improvements are part of a bigger project to deliver the aspirations of the Caterham Masterplan which aims to make the area more attractive for people to live and work in, as well as boosting the economy and creating more jobs. Recently, this has included our purchase, refurbishment and modernising of Quadrant House, which provides a variety of office and retail space.
What is being proposed?
The works, planned to start later this year, will make Croydon Road a safer, more attractive and appealing place to live visit, work and enjoy.
The works include:
- Extended pavement space, to encourage people to spend more time in the area.
- More greenery in the town centre, reducing street clutter.
- Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing traffic speeds to 20 mph, widening some parking bays and clearly separating the road and parking areas by using contrasting materials.
- Planting of trees and new rain gardens which will absorb water running off the road and help alleviate flooding, complimenting Quadrant House’s stunning living wall.
- Initiative to encourage more active travel, like walking and cycling to redress the current imbalance which favours car users.
These drawings outline the proposals:
As part of the wider improvement plans, Surrey County Council is proposing to introduce a 20 miles per hour (mph) speed limit on a number of roads in Caterham Valley. You can see more information and the list of the proposed roads on its website.
How is this being funded?
Caterham Valley for You, Caterham’s Business Improvement District kick started the improvements to Croydon Road work, recognising the need to improve the area. We have worked with them on the plans and to secure funding for the work. The following organisations are funding this project:
- Caterham Valley for You, Caterham Business Improvement District.
- Caterham Valley Parish Council.
- Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.
- Surrey County Council.
- Tandridge District Council (Community Infrastructure Levy funding).
How can you have your say?
In 2020, we consulted with local residents, businesses and stakeholders and your valuable feedback has helped shape the plans. We have now developed the designs and carried out a road safety audits and technical appraisals with Surrey County Council, the local highways authority.
On Thursday 2 March, we held a Croydon Road event where we shared our exciting plans on Croydon Road's new look and feel and had a panel of people answering a wide variety of questions.
Our response to Levelling Up Fund decision
The government has announced our bid for £8.7 million of funding through the Levelling Up Fund has been unsuccessful. We planned to use this funding for a larger, more ambitious plan to regenerate Caterham. Both the Leader of the Council, Councillor Catherine Sayer and Claire Coutinho, MP for East Surrey expressed their disappointment at the news.
We have received positive feedback on our application, and we will consider submitting another bid when the government confirms the third round of funding.
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