If this goes to completion it should certainly do a lot of good for the public realm here, which is looking a bit tired. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out – I remember it originally being quoted as costing around £7m over a number of years, which is probably unaffordable now; I hope the scheme hasn’t subsequently been value-engineered to the point where it merely replaces one set of cracked and uneven concrete block paving with another in a slightly different layout.

Noticed some white lines the other day showing what are (I presume) the line of what will, one day, be widened pavements on the south side of the road (in front of Big Fat Panda) – do you know if there’s any pavement work in the first phase, or is it just reconfiguration of the traffic islands?

The big London Plane tree, to the right of the photo above, was chopped down on Sunday. Not sure if it is related to this project, or just Asda trying to make their sign more prominent; it’s a pity and it’s not helped the look of this mildly scruffy stretch of Lavender Hill.