Beechley Drive Lower Shops
Cardiff Council’s Local Centres Strategy supports the regeneration and improvement of existing local shopping centres across Cardiff.
Lower Shops on Beechley Drive was identified as one of the top priorities for investment by the strategy. The Neighbourhood Regeneration team were allocated funding to carry out physical improvements to the shops and their immediate environment to make it a safer and more attractive area to shop, work and live.
A number of problems and issues affecting the parade of shops were identified. These problems include:
• Uneven footpaths
• Poor street lighting
• Drainage issues
• Overhang attracts anti-social behaviour
• Large areas of redundant space
• Entrances to flats and shops are screened by the overhang
Cardiff Council worked closely with local businesses and other organisations to address some of the issues facing the area. Improvements Included
• Remove the overhang and create large shop units
• New signage and shutter for each shop
• Improved lighting to the front of the shops and the forecourt
• Repave the forecourt area
• New street furniture to include litter bins and cycle stands
• Parking bays
The project has now been completed for several years and the shopping parade remains a successful and busy shopping centre.