Plumstead fire station: No closure as refurbishment and extension planned

Ideas to move Plumstead fire station away from its home on Lakedale Road appear to be off the agenda in comments made by London Fire Brigade.

A document on the future of Abbey Wood and Thamesmead features a reply from LFB stating they are not only looking to stay, but refurbish and extend the building which dates from 1907.



Excerpt from document

In recent years an idea has been mooted in previous consultations to move the station to a site near Plumstead bus garage.

Recent plans to construct homes – 1,750 homes were approved last month on part of the site – appears to have put paid to that idea.

Masterplan

The Thamesmead and Abbey Wood plan reveals much land is expected to become housing, which conforms to planning documents included in last month’s approved application. Industrial land to the east will be intensified to compensate for losses elsewhere.

LFB were one of many respondents to the Greater London Authority consultation into the key document mapping out 21 years of change in Abbey Wood, Thamesmead and parts of Plumstead. Unfortunately Greenwich Council did not respond unlike both Bexley and Newham councils. Peabody and other developers also fed back.

Almost every photo of “Abbey Wood” is actually Thamesmead. It’s hard to confuse the two.

The final document shows the impact of lack of engagement with frequent mistakes and a lack of detail for Greenwich borough areas that lack Peabody representation. Given how crucial the document is towards guiding change for the next 21 years, a lack of interest from Greenwich Council appears bizarre but perhaps not surprising given lack of effort towards allocating developer income towards improving areas like Abbey Wood estate and long term neglect.

If Greenwich Council did engage with the GLA, and the attached consultation document is incorrect by not listing them, the frequent errors seen throughout the document and lack of representation for deprived areas within apparently reveals a distinct lack of interest or knowledge from the authority.

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