Dear Cllr Ioannou,
Thank you for your recent enquiries about updates on public realm improvements.
Contractors commenced works in Southgate on 11th October and they are due to finish by the end of next week. Highways officers will also be meeting the contractors on site to confirm the completion of the works. Highways officers are also aware of the broken railings outside WHSmith and these are currently being repaired.
Council highway policy states that all council-owned street furniture should be painted black. The blue bollards outside the station are owned by TfL and were therefore not included in this initial round of works. However, we are working to establish a relevant contact within TfL to liaise with them around delivering improvements such as: painting the bollards/bins to be consistent with the rest of the town centre and improvements to the grassed-bed areas.
We have also begun liaising with the council’s street planting team to discuss opportunities for additional greening and planting within the town centre. We will update you as soon as projects emerge.
Further improvement works identified for Southgate town centre includes repairs to broken pavements and parking lay-bys along Chase Side, helping to improve the street scene and will commence from February 2022.
Other improvement works captured in the programme include: replacement of bins; re-painting/repairing the community notice board outside the station and wayfinding/signage around the town centre. The delivery timelines for these works are still being defined and we will update you as soon as we have confirmation.
We have also begun engaging with the Southgate Task Force to understand their aspirations for the town centre and to ensure that improvements works align with any community projects coming forward.