While on a passing bus I noticed that new shopfronts have started to appear along Plumstead High Street as part of a £5m regeneration project.
I’ve previously covered the project as well as specific shop front proposals, though it does require shop owners to agree and fund a modest sum. Many when I last checked had not agreed.
A recent Greenwich Council scrutiny meeting questioned officers about the project with concerns that a large amount of the overall budget was going towards consultants, and the possibility that none of the budget would be spent on improving paving along areas such as the High Street and Lakedale Road. Some areas are pretty narrow for those on foot.
These works are part of a project developed under the Good Growth Fund.
White Hart Road has seen some changes, which in part was to make the walk to the former power station more appealing.
That was when there was a plan for an indoor market and small trading units, but that plan is now gone with a film company relocating from Greenwich.
That was also a topic raised at the regeneration meeting, with concerns that of the overall budget there wouldn’t be much left after consultants and aiding a private company to move were factored in.
A follow-up meeting was to be held this coming Thursday 15th to receive updates but has been postponed.
Other planned changes include landscaping outside Tesco on Lakedale Road but as we’ve seen in numerous areas – including down the road at Abbey Wood where Crossrail/TfL spent millions, there’s barely any upkeep after.
It doesn’t appear to have ever been cleaned.
In Woolwich landscaped areas of a previous regeneration project didn’t last very long:
So there’s some hesitation in whether Plumstead would fare much better.
Afterall, Greenwich council mothballed deep cleaning equipment to jet wash paving shortly after purchasing it.