Woolwich is to see an injection of cash to improve the town centre after a funding award from the High Streets Heritage Action Zone.
Parts of the town centre were designated a conservation zone in January 2019 which I covered here which helped recognise the town’s rich heritage. It finally gained some protection for many wonderful buildings in the town.
This designation shows that existing powers which local authorities possess can make a difference. The Conservation Zone has since had an impact in a number of ways, including assisting with this funding bid, was referenced when the planning inspector blocked a tower on General Gordon Square and played a part in altering plans for Spray Street by retaining some Victorian buildings instead of initial plans to demolish.
Money is coming from the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund alongside the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund.
Woolwich lost a great deal of fine buildings over previous decades, though some projects seek now to renovate what remains.
Once such development is the Island Site though progress is slow.
Another building now retained that was up for demolition just a few years ago is the Officers’ House:
It is now housing with commercial space at street level rather than the car park planned.
Snippets of the past remain hidden around many corners, though much is still planned to be lost, including the area seen in the shot above.