We are proposing to make improvements to Croydon Road, Caterham to make it greener and a nicer place to shop and visit.
Local residents, businesses and councillors gave general agreement to our early plans in 2020. We now have more information about how we plan to improve Croydon Road and are inviting local residents, businesses and councillors to give us their feedback on our updated proposals.
This work is part of a bigger project to deliver the aspirations of the Caterham masterplan and supports the Council’s purchase of Quadrant House, which provides a variety of commercial space. It will help us to regenerate Caterham town centre and transform it into a vibrant commercial and community hub.
We have also submitted a bid of £4,395,000 to the government’s Levelling Up Fund. If successful, the funding will enable us to extend the Croydon Road project to include Station Avenue and part of Godstone Road and to mitigate against surface water flooding.
The total cost of that project would be around £5m, of which Tandridge District Council, Coast2Capital the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Caterham BID (Business Improvement District) and Caterham Valley Parish Council would contribute 12%. The proposals would support Caterham’s businesses and help attract new businesses and leisure outlets to the town centre.
What improvements are planned?
To improve the Croydon Road area of Caterham, we plan to:
- Improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing traffic speeds to 20mph, increasing the width of some parking bays and differentiating the carriageway from the parking areas through use of contrasting materials.
- Plant new trees and introduce rain gardens with shrubs and herbaceous plants to absorb water running off the road, helping alleviate localised flooding. This greenery will complement the new living wall being installed at Quadrant House.
- Create space to provide seating areas with a mixture of trees, bushes and flowers by reducing the amount of car parking from 30 spaces to 24 spaces.
- Add new feature lighting, paving for pedestrians, seating and cycle stands.
- De-clutter the area, removing unnecessary street signs and furniture.
We have appointed a landscape architect, Jon Sheaff & Associates, to produce designs for how the new layout at Croydon Road will look, which you can view on its website or on download this pdf version.
In addition, the following drawings outline the proposals:
We are working in partnership with Surrey County Council and the Caterham Business Improvement District on these improvements.
How you can give feedback
To give your feedback on the planned improvements, please e-mail croydonroadImprovements@tandridge.gov.uk by 16 July.
What happens next?
We’ll review all comments received and use these to inform the next stage of the design. Once the detailed designs are ready there will be a further opportunity for residents and businesses to give their feedback.
We plan to start this improvement work during the winter of 2021/2022 and for it to be completed by early summer 2022.