A council planning strategy is looking at demolishing Woolwich town centre car park including one above Sainsbury’s.
According the the council Calderwood and Monk Street car parks are in poor condition and it is proposed to redevelop with:
“A mixed use development appropriate to the town centre, including retail/services food and drink, B1 workspace suitable for SMEs, community uses and residential.”
“There is also the potential for temporary or “meanwhile” uses of parts of the car parks prior to redevelopment, including food and drink, workspace and/or
The site is classified as “detrimental to the character and cohesiveness of the town centre”.
Losing car parking spaces would no doubt annoy some. Road changes include:
“Any development on the site should support the wider vision of narrowing the roadway along Monk Street and removing the roundabouts to create a more pleasant pedestrian environment.”
Always a problem
I recall being terrified of being stuck in the lifts of the Calderwood Street car park as a child visiting Woolwich. The piss-stained lifts used to clank and bang in a very odd way and were in awful shape. It seems better now – or maybe that childhood fear has long gone, though it left an impression of Woolwich for years. No other shopping area had such a run-down area – at least in my memory.
Many things big and small left a poor impression of Woolwich for so many people. Even today the sneers are never far away. Redevelopment would certainly be welcome.
The conversion of the above block took a dull and ugly office block and made it even uglier. One good element is active frontages through commercial units at street level. Redeveloping car parks would seek to do the same.
This scheme is marked as a long term ambition and would need Sainsbury’s on board. Bringing some life to this end of the high street wold be welcome. The crumbling old library could be improved, and the lovely Bathway district really needs new life.