A multi-million pound regeneration project has breathed new life into two retail areas.

Small businesses in North Cheam and Worcester Park will benefit from the makeover, which has enhanced their shop fronts, widened paths, and introduced new trees and benches.

Sutton Council has been working alongside business owners and residents in carrying out the £2.4m project, which was aimed at boosting the town’s character and attracting more shoppers.

The parade between Courtenay Avenue and Lavender Road in North Cheam has new awnings and shop fronts, improved lighting, and bike racks.

Peter Druhus, owner of Cheam Food Centre in North Cheam, said: "It has increased our sales so it has definitely made a difference. 

"It is much better than before and more people are stopping."

Central Road in Worcester Park has been improved by new paving and redesigned shop fronts.

Mark Landler, who runs Cycle Power, Worcester Park said: "It looks great, especially the new signs that have gone up, they are really good. 

"It has not been a five minute job, but it has got people to realise what is in the area.  I have been here six years and I think this will really help."

The project was partially funded through the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund, which issues grants to councils seeking to improve the image of their high street.
It was also funded through a grant from Transport for London and a levy on developers in the area.

Street markets have also been held as part of the initiative to make the North Cheam and Worcester Park more vibrant places to shop. 

The renovation work began in May 2012 and finsihed in June this year. 

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Mark Landler who runs Cycle Power in Worcester Park