General Gordon Square in Woolwich has been fenced off blocking access to the town’s main civic space after issues with disorder in recent years.
Fencing has been installed around the entire square almost two whole weeks in advance of fireworks night after previous issues.
It’s a move replicated in few other places and what a sad indictment this is for the town and authorities in charge.
Nothing says “don’t come here” like the main public civic space fenced off for weeks on the off-chance something may happen.
And of course, it hardly prevents issues nearby. In recent years problems also arose nearby on Plumstead Road.
Maybe they’ll close that area off too next. Hell, why not just go full-on The Simpsons movie and stick a giant dome over the place.
It reeks of authorities giving up and going for the easy life and to hell with any impression it gives both to local residents and visitors.
Six foot fencing is visible immediately upon leaving Woolwich Arsenal rail and DLR station.
The town has seen many positives recently with Woolwich Works, the Elizabeth line and in future major upgrade works planned across the town centre, but it really doesn’t help to do this to the heart of the town.
It’s not as if issues don’t arise elsewhere in other towns, and how many shut up shop like this?
The whole thing is terrible PR. It’s basically telling people don’t come to Woolwich as it’s too dangerous.
Rather than addressing issues – or actually facing them if something happens – those making these decisions have done something of huge detriment to everyone.
Everyone loses access to the heart of a busy town centre for the potential actions of a few? Pretty shameful all round.
UPDATE: Greenwich Council press office were contacted for comment, but are refusing to do so.