THE area christened "Crapford" by one unimpressed News Shopper reader is set for a £5,200 makeover.

The money, from the council's Catford Town Centre Improvement Grant, will be used to put up new safety barriers along Catford Broadway.

Some of the cash will also go towards repairing damaged pillars and bollards and pay for 17 new stall covers for market traders.

Deputy mayor Councillor Gavin Moore said: "It is important we continue to enhance Catford market as it brings life and character to the area."

Lewisham Council says it hopes to make further grants available in the future, for things such as themed markets and environmental improvements.

Earlier this year News Shopper reported the views of Canadian visitor Jane Fraser, who re-named the town "Crapford".

She attacked Catford for its "tacky" shops, "pathetic" market and "chaotic" road system.