Everyone’s favourite place for a weekend argument could be coming to our doorstep soon, as IKEA have designs on the plot left behind by Sainsbury’s once they move up the road to Charlton.
Local reaction at the Greenwich Phantom and Greenwich.co.uk is already quite polarised: while many of us are fans of Swedish meatballs and flat-pack Billy shelves, there are real concerns about whether our area can cope with the additional traffic that a massive furniture store might bring. IKEA’s page which deals with the proposal suggests that the new store would be “[their] most accessible store in the UK for customers visiting by public transport” but it’s worth considering whether your normal IKEA purchases could fit on the 486 to get them home.
IKEA have not yet submitted planning permission for the site, and say they’d like to hear the views of local residents before they do. Your chance to put your views forward – whether they be pro-furniture or anti-traffic – is Saturday 9 November 2013 12.00pm – 7.00pm at Sherard Hall, The Forum @ Greenwich, Trafalgar Road, SE10 9EQ. IKEA say that “representatives from the project team will be at the exhibition to explain the proposal and answer any questions.”
While the proposed store might lie just outside our patch, the traffic it attracts might not. If you’re concerned, this is a good chance to put your point of view across. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.