There were smiles all round as Redbridge councillors gathered to announce the next stage in plans to transform Ilford this morning.
Next to Redbridge Town Hall, leader of the council Cllr Jas Athwal said he was “delighted” to see the regeneration go ahead.
He was joined by Cllr Helen Coomb, cabinet member for regeneration, property and planning and Cllr John Howard, cabinet member for environment and sustainability.
A four-foot green wall filled with plants will be installed on Chadwick Road and trees, new benches, paving and cycle stands will be part of the multimillion pound project.
Pop-up power units will also be installed, in order to remove the need for cables to trail along the ground and overhead on market days.
The work will take place along High Road, from the crossroads with Cranbrook Road through to the area outside Ilford police station, and Clements Lane, Clements Road and Chadwick Road.
This is “phase one” of eight phases of improvements that will take place in the town centre and work should be finished by July, said Cllr Coomb.
The second phase, around the Griggs Approach underpass, will include a public art project, new trees and a woodland planting scheme.
She added: “This is a really exciting moment as we kickstart major street improvements that will rejuvenate and revitalise the heart of Ilford.
“The works will improve the quality, look and use of the town centre streets and will create a much more vibrant and welcoming town centre, supporting stronger business and strengthening the local economy.
“Ilford is on track for major growth and renewal and we have big regeneration plans.
“New homes, shops, leisure, community and cultural facilities are all on the way.
“Together with the arrival of Crossrail, our transformation of the town centre will further enhance Ilford’s fast-improving status as a well-connected place to live in London.”