New street furniture is going to play a central role in the £800,000 regeneration of Mitcham town centre in Surrey. The London Development Agency Local Opportunities Fund awarded the money to the Merton Council scheme, which will run over the next three years. As well as fresh street furniture, the facelift will include cleaning up Mitcham Fair Green and a planting programme to improve the area. A regeneration office is set to open to offer business support services, training and employment support as part of the Mitcham Means Business scheme. Other work includes refurbishing the town centre’s grade-II-listed clock. Asda is separately building a new supermarket there. * The Landscape Institute (LI) is to stage an open day on 23 May at its London headquarters to raise awareness of its work. Members will have a chance to see what is on offer to them at the LI’s library and archive. There will also be a discussion between US professor of landscape architecture Walter Hood and British landscape architect Dominic Cole. * Call 020 7299 4500 for details
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