A fire broke out in a disused nightclub above a cafe earlier this week in Woolwich.
The blaze was at the end of Hare Street near Waterfront. A police presence was also seen alongside rumours about activities in the building but these are not confirmed.
According to London Fire Brigade:
“When firefighters arrived they discovered a well developed fire on the first floor of the two storey building. The crews quick action prevented the fire from spreading to further neighbouring residents. There were no reports of any injuries.”
The Brigade was called at 2317 and the fire was under control by 0213. Firefighters from Plumstead, East Greenwich, Sidcup and Eltham fire stations were at the scene.”
The building is an attractive corner block but years of neglect sums up parts of Woolwich, as its been allowed to rot without much action from authorities. Plants have been growing out of it for years.
The authority have powers to enact Section 215 notices and make sure owners clean up and make safe buildings, and if not a fine or charge can be levied. Other authorities use them. Greenwich rarely do. They only did so in Plumstead after years of complaining about an infested building.
When locals contacted councillors, they relayed a message that nothing could be done. It was wrong, yet the councillor bought it. Local people had to fight.
There’s plenty of town centres where you won’t see such widespread neglect of buildings in the town centre, but Woolwich is pretty directionless. There is no town centre manager (or at least wasn’t for a long time) nor any business group as seen at places like Bexleyheath, Bromley, Brixton and others who coordinate and improve their respective towns. That requires the local authority to help establish it mind…
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