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Traders slam £1.3m revamp

PUBLISHED: 11:50 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

TRADERS fear a £1.3 million development plan to encourage shoppers to use public transport will divert business away from the area.

TRADERS fear a £1.3 million development plan to encourage shoppers to use public transport will divert business away from the area.

The Belvedere Village Regeneration scheme, funded by Transport for London (TfL), has come up against strong opposition from Belvedere traders who believe the plans will include removing parking bays in Nuxley Road.

At a church forum meeting on Monday 310 local residents and traders slammed plans to reduce parking and launched a petition that to be sent to London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mike Sing, Chairman of the Trade Association said, "We are not against the proposal but we are annoyed that we haven't been concentrated on at all.

"TfL realise now that they can't just push this through the back door."

Transport councillor Peter Craske said: "It is completely untrue that parking will be removed, it will remain in Nuxley Road.

"A consultation was carried out before Christmas which was broadly accepted by people except plans to make Albert Road two-way which we changed as a result.

"This is a package of measures costing £1.3 million that is going to the improvement of the village to make it easier for pedestrians to get there and healthier public transport to attract more visitors to the area."

Development plans consist of widening pavements and footpaths, CCTV, speed tables to slow traffic, bus shelters and a proposed night bus service to be added to the area.

Also in the plans are pedestrian links between parking and shopping areas, a recreation ground and a splash pool.

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