Eighty-two people crammed into Charlton Liberal Club on Monday night to discuss plans for Charlton riverside. Antony Rifkin from Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners, who drew up this planning document, fielded question from the public for nearly two hours.
We were slightly taken aback with the impressive turnout but this enthusiasm and energy is certainly very positive. It must have shown the developers and the council how much residents care about this area of Charlton.
There were lots of interesting points raised including one from Charlton Champion reader Roy Tindle. Roy is a strong believer that Greenwich should be utilising the river rather than using lorries: “We can do better than the Royal Docks [across the river] and have more industry, even if it’s just more recycling plants.”
Charlton’s resident celebrity, Glenn Tilbrook, was also in attendance. He revealed concerns that his own music studio could be “swept away” as land is re-designated for housing. He said that segmenting different areas isn’t necessarily the best way forward and Charlton riverside should be integrated with small businesses finding a place amongst family homes and green space.
There were calls to consult local workers more and questions asked about the safeguarding of our wharfs and the Angerstein Railway Line. Many had the opinion that a new residential area should not be similar to the Woolwich Arsenal or Greenwich Millenium Village developments.
People were sceptical about this master-plan. There were concerns about its worth and how vague and badly researched it looked. However, there seemed to be universal agreement that Charlton riverside needs redevelopment and that having a strategy for the area will ensure changes will not be piecemeal and will not happen by accident.
The next step is yours. The consultation officially ends on Friday 9th March at 9.00am, however, Mike Howes at Greenwich Council mentioned that they would be taking responses up until next Tuesday. There’s no need to fill out a form online you can simply email your thoughts directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The combined response from CRAG and the Charlton Society can be found here but we really need as many people as possible to send in their views. Don’t feel obliged to write as much as we have!
Thanks very much for coming and we hope to see you at future meetings.