Developers behind a proposed development of 800 homes in Woolwich have released further computer renders as a new planning application is submitted.
I won’t cover the entire plan until the full number of documents are uploaded and I’ve looked through the no doubt hundreds of pages, but released renders reveal plans to change the street once again.
One thing that stands out is that for the second time in just over a decade an area outside the old covered market could be dug up and remodelled.
Is this really needed? It was formerly a scruffy area with a raised section consisting trees and shrubs. Not much loved or much looked after by Greenwich Council.
Then it was remodelled for the current scheme in a scheme costing nearly £10 million. This too hasn’t been well maintained by the authority.
Pavement parking is an everyday occurrence. Street furniture is tatty. Recently a video came to light filmed here with a frustrated motorist who had received a ticket (fairly) wondering why no other vehicles in the area blocking pedestrian crossings, parked on paving and on double yellows received one. The video did appear to show a council warden ignoring them – and given it’s a daily occurrence in that area raised some questions.
As I’ve often said about this area when people say sweep it away as it’s ugly and messy, well, regardless other issues such as businesses being turfed out for now, what assurance is there that any new development and redevelopment won’t fall apart if Greenwich Council are in charge of maintaining it?
In the middle of the adjacent dual carriageway landscaping lasted all of about two years. Litter was never cleaned, it became a mess then dug up and paved over.
The plan now appears to be to dig it up areas here again, with raised planters and areas of trees and shrubs. Developers state Greenwich Council will be in charge of maintaining it despite the poor job with previous layouts.
I’m dubious of whether it will be maintained, and also why install raised planters which act as obstacles in an area of major footfall and busy bus stops, let alone after 800 homes, a new market, cinema and shops complete.
The pavement here is very wide so it may be ok, but I like the fact pedestrians aren’t penned into areas and have room to breath. If the desire is for seating for people to sit and eat, the temporary arrangements when it was Street Feast is far cheaper and brought life to the area.
I’m sure we could all think of areas that need real improvement around Woolwich that funding for this work could instead be spent on. Keep the area clean, stop putting up clutter and little more is needed.
Anyway, this is just one element of the revised scheme. Much more is to come, and I will be going through documents soon.