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Spruced up street in line for awards

A street has been nominated for two top awards after being given a major facelift.

Venn Street, in Clapham has been hailed a huge success story after a project between residents and the local council turned it into an ‘urban oasis’.

The scheme, which cost £400,000, has now been nominated for a Municipal Journal award in the Delivering Better Outcomes category and shortlisted for the Streets Awards by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Work on Venn Street included the introduction of a weekly street market, a new paved area, new trees and cycle parking, more lighting and a general clean-up.

Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “Street markets are a vital part of London life and the Venn Street scheme has been a fantastic success story, providing a permanent home for the market and giving the area a real buzz.

“People want markets that offer something a bit different from the normal products found in the supermarkets. They help support the local economy and make our town centres more attractive.

“The local community played a key role in shaping and developing this scheme and I’d like to thank them for helping to make it such a success.”

Canon David Isherwood, of the Holy Trinity Church, Clapham, said:

“Balancing the needs of pedestrians and commercial traffic is not easy and often fraught with difficulties. However, this stunning project has been negotiated sensitively, built imaginatively and detailed meticulously, transforming a quiet side road into a vibrant community. I welcome it warmly.”


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