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Aug 16, 2015 5:16 PM ET

Archived: Quick wins for Thornton Heath!: to make quick and lasting improvements to our High Street

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 16, 2015

Quick wins for Thornton Heath!


We aim to make more improvements to our high street restoring its character, attractiveness and reputation now rather than just waiting for the regeneration project, complete in 2017. Our “quick wins” will bring pleasure to many, maintain the community’s motivation for improvement as well as restoring pride and keeping up the momentum of small changes already begun: we have planted, painted, and litter picked! We plan to plant trees and more greenery, adding a sense of well being for all who live, work and learn in Thornton Heath. To encourage more people to use the lovely main road park we will add extra plants (especially on the empty pergola) and a decorative metal arch to highlight its entrance. So volunteers can easily water plants we will install a garden tap. Fitting tree fairy lights near our historic clocktower will make the area feel safer and replacing a wall with metalwork railings will allow everyone to see the little brook flowing under the main road.

What we’ll do:

  • Plant trees and easily maintained greenery to beautify our high street
  • Add more plants to the park for all to enjoy – especially to climb up the pergola
  • Install a decorative metalwork archway at the park’s entrance to entice more people in
  • Replace broken tree lights with solar powered lights to enhance our historic clocktower
  • Install metalwork railings to show off the little brook which flows under the main street
  • Get a garden tap fitted so plants can easily be watered by our team of volunteers

Why it’s a great idea:

This project is a great idea because it will contribute positively to regenerating our much neglected environment and restoring a sense of pride. It does not focus on just one section of our community but will benefit many different people who use the high street, young and old, residents and visitors and by volunteering together our community is strengthened. We want the quick wins to make a lasting improvement and highlight the distinctive character of our area. We have gathered ideas for the project at local formal meetings as well as informally when out and about carrying out improvements, also liaising closely with the local council. These small changes are at the start of a new beginning for Thornton Heath and can stimulate larger growth in our town, encouraging more diverse businesses to come here.

How we’ll get it done:

  • We are a large team of volunteers with wide – ranging skills and expertise
  • We already have experience of carrying out a number of small projects locally
  • We will use local businesses and suppliers where possible and liaise closely with the council
  • We have a clear plan of action to achieve our project

You too can be part of this amazing project leaving a lasting legacy in Thornton Heath!

Contact Information:

Thornton Heath Community Action Team

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