We’ve worked very hard to liaise with the retailers, stall holders and residents, attempting to make it as painless process as possible and are grateful for a great deal of goodwill and support from people who work and live in this vibrant and buzzing area.
After an initial slow start due to delivery problems with some of our materials, we have managed to make good progress. Now that the centre channel has been completed and opened up, we anticipate a more regular refuse collection will be possible, making The Avenue a more pleasant place to visit, work and shop in.
We know it’s vital for retailers to continue trading whilst this scheme is in progress and for that reason no entrance will be blocked during working hours. It has been necessary sometimes however, to restrict outside trading temporarily, but every effort is being taken to minimise this. Many of the shop fronts have now been completed. With phase 2 (Between Electric Lane running up to the junction with Brixton Road) in our sights, and therefore the end of the scheme, maximum effort is being made to use the light evenings. The workforce will be onsite until 8pm on some evenings. Obviously as Electric Avenue is also a residential area, all noisy work will be completed by 6pm.
Phase 2 could be a little tricky. The market traders will again be asked to relocate to the completed section of Electric Avenue, whilst the scheme reaches the last stage. We appreciate this has been and potentially will be, a little unsettling for those affected, but thus far the traders have been very flexible and accommodating.
Providing all is well and there are no unforeseen problems, we expect a clean, revitalized and buzzing Electric Avenue to be handed back in a few weeks , ready for mid-summer.
F M Conway