Out with cars, in with a farm at Mitcham's Corner
A market, a sculpture garden, or an urban farm could help turn Mitcham's Corner into a destination people want to visit as residents revealed their ideas for plans to revamp the area.
Proposals for the regeneration of Mitcham’s Corner, which were set out in a 2017 development framework, are expected to cost £2-£4million and include looking at the road layout.
Local campaigners are hoping to encourage any redevelopment to take a more “holistic” approach, making the area a destination in itself.
Anne Cooper, chairwoman of the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner community group, said that an outdoor market or a sculpture trail would help liven up the space which links Chesterton Road, Milton Road and Victoria Road.
She said: “The next step is to get the input of other residents’ groups and local councillors to come up with a document to present to the councils to ask them to commission a feasibility study. I think Mitcham’s Corner is part of the city centre, and I think there should be some kind of art installation, building on what’s happening at Kettle’s Yard.
“A lot of artists live in the area, so it seems to make sense. I think the idea of an outdoor market would be popular. Residents would like that.”
Speaking at the Friends of Mitcham’s Corner annual general meeting last Wednesday (May 9), one resident suggested an urban farm could be a good way to create a community feel in the area.
“Residents need to understand what the changes could mean to them and how it would feel to have an area without cars rushing round,” they said. “One idea was an urban farm where children could come and get involved helping out.”
Central to the regeneration is “severing” the current gyratory traffic system.
Cllr Mike Sargeant, who represents West Chesteron at the city council, said removing the gyratory system was the most important change that should be made in the area.