Supermarket wars could be about to break out in Charlton as it emerged Asda is hoping to expand its Bugsbys Way store and use it as a base for its home delivery service.
The shopping giant’s plans sound spookily like those for Sainsburys, which is planning to move from Greenwich to a nearby site in 2014 as part of a wider redevelopment of Charlton’s retail parks. Tesco is also building a giant store in Woolwich.
No further details were available, although it seems Asda’s plans are at an earlier stage to those of Sainsburys, which is also planning a store with space for home delivery vans.
Asda’s plans were revealed by store representative Hope Augustus – who also took on board gripes about abandoned shopping trolleys – at last night’s Charlton Riverside Action Group meeting, which pulled in a healthy crowd, including a raft of Greenwich councillors and local MP Nick Raynsford.
- Construction of the new Travelodge at the foot of Victoria Way is not due to begin until the New Year, and is due to take 12 months – meaning it will miss the Olympics.
- There was some heated discussion about the section 106 agreements (cash given by developers to councils for community benefit) on the Travelodge scheme and (potentially, if approved) the Sainsburys/M&S scheme, where it is not certain any of the benefits will be immediately obvious in the Charlton area. For example, while we might expect cash to go to, say, a new building at Charlton station, it might just disappear into the council’s education budget. If you have any suggestions on what Travelodge should be doing in the area, get in touch with your local councillor.
- Much discussion about the awful road junction at Charlton Church Lane, the “dance of death“, and steering traffic away from the A206 between there and the Woolwich Road flyover in Greenwich. Suggestions included a left-filter traffic light for westbound traffic entering Charlton Church Lane, and better signage at the Blackwall Tunnel exit to steer traffic towards Bugsbys Way and not Woolwich Road.
- The shoddy state of the Asda footpath was also discussed, with Hope Augustus revealing two of her colleagues had been mugged in the dark there. It is due for partial redevelopment as part of the Travelodge scheme.
- Two left-field proposals for Maryon Park – a “green bridge” to the Thames Barrier was mentioned by Nick Raynsford, while there’s also an idea to construct a skate park there (although the Greenwich Skate Park group would prefer to go to the peninsula).
- There was also talk of the problems with graffiti on the Thames Path (cruder than this), and on the decline of the Thames Barrier Visitor Centre.
There was plenty more, but I hope that gives you a flavour. The CRAG will next meet early in the new year, but if you can’t wait until then for some community discussion, the Charlton Rail Users Group next meets on 23 November at the Liberal Club.