James Brokenshire has welcomed positive news for Blackfen and its High Street as Bexley Council approves a £200,000 investment aimed at improving parking and pavements on Gloucester Parade. In addition, a new heavy duty cleaning vehicle will mean regular ‘deep-cleans’ for Blackfen.
Following lengthy negotiations and approval of the Council’s Budget, the £200,000 investment will allow for the Council to take control of the area of road and pavement outside shops on Gloucester Parade and make it more suitable for parking and for shoppers. The area is currently severely potholed and discourages shoppers from visiting Blackfen.
The addition of the regular ’deep cleans’ is intended to make the High Street a more attractive place for businesses and residents.
The town centre has recently seen significant efforts made by a number of local traders and others to rejuvenate the High Street, with a Christmas Lights Event at the end of last year and an Easter Event intended to be held on 8 April. There are also ambitions to organise some voluntary tidying and gardening projects in the year ahead, all designed to make Blackfen a more pleasant place for all.
Commenting during a recent visit to Blackfen, James said:
“It is great to see the Council, local businesses and residents coming together to deliver improvements to Blackfen High Street. News of the developments outside Gloucester Parade will no doubt be welcomed by all of those who regularly visit the High Street and with the help of the Council’s new heavy duty cleaning vehicle, I hope that the Blackfen community will feel the benefit.”