Plans have been submitted to improve a number of shopfronts along Plumstead High Street.
The funds are from the Good Growth Fund – which I covered in November 2019 – with £2.5 million coming from the Greater London Authority and £2.7 million from Greenwich Council. Shopfronts are just one element of wide-ranging scheme for the area.
Stores with applications so far submitted include Plumstead Cash & Carry and Heera Fashions:
Other sites include Alan Ives. The majority of shops along the High Street and Lakedale Road have not seen improvement work submitted for planning. Maybe they aren’t happening – or maybe they will appear in time. I’ll keep an eye out.
One relatively simple and cheap improvement to the High Street was the removal of street clutter including excessive barriers. It’s now a much better place for it as a pedestrian – without being wedged into narrow paving. It’s also safer for cyclists who can be squeezed against railing increasing the risk of serious injury.
Research has shown safety improves when excessive railings are removed, in contrast to what some expect. Some areas do remain beside schools to protect children.