When Sports Direct gained approval to open a new branch in Woolwich part of the application stated the building would be improved.
To be specific, the application made in approved over seven months ago stated: “The existing concrete canopy will also be retained, cleaned and made good”. Click here and view it in the Design & Access statement.
The shop has been open for some months now (excluding current events naturally) yet the canopy appears to have minimal, if any, work carried out.
Now I’m sure some will say it’s only a small thing, but in Woolwich many small things add up to a town centre that appears unloved and on the decline.
As I covered last week, just over the road on Hare Street are some solid Victorian buildings which were due to see cleaned up stonework when applications were submitted for improvements. Instead the stonework has been painted over and to my eyes looks pretty nasty.
Who is keeping tabs on these issues in the authority? Management is lacking. Many town centres leverage money from large businesses to oversee management and funding. This does not happen in Woolwich. The authority recently spent £120,000 of developer income replacing a screen in General Gordon Square while buildings decline.
Where’s the notices to owners to upkeep maintenance? What we are good and characterful buildings left to rot then in line for demolition due to neglect and lack of enforcement. This is happening at the MacBean Street site:
For all the billions being spent on major developments, until someone gets a grip on the small stuff the area is at risk of continually sliding backwards.