One of the largest shop spaces in Woolwich town centre is set to become a Jobcentre.
The large unit at 71-77 Powis Street has been vacant for some time since New Look closed.
Before New Look it was home to Littlewoods and Index
Woolwich already has an existing jobcentre located on Wellington Street. I’m not sure if that is closing. Greenwich Council did state some years ago they sought to purchase that site.
Then again there are now two Jobcentres in Bexleyheath with a second opened in a former Argos store. That’s part of over 190 temporary Jobcentres announced by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Universal Credit claims increased substantially since 2020 and still remain far above pre-pandemic levels.
The catchment area for the new jobcentre seems large with Lewisham East MP Janet Daby stating claimants from SE12 will be sent there That’s areas such as Lee.
The building is one of the largest commercial spaces yet hardly a looker. It may seem an obvious location for redevelopment long term, but it straddles the railway line between Woolwich Arsenal and Woolwich Dockyard.
If this is a temporary site, any long term future remains unknown.
Many lament Wilko leaving the town after Greenwich Council decided to build a major development including a leisure centre. The New Look site appeared an ideal alternative site but it never came to pass