How can Greenwich Council help improve the area? Tell them at Charlton House on Tuesday

Rubbish in Victoria Way, Jul 2016
Junk at the top of Victoria Way – cleaning the streets is something the council has struggled with

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Most fair-minded observers would agree that Greenwich Council’s recent history of engagement with the public isn’t brilliant – the saga of the Charlton skatepark, a potentially good thing but made more difficult because it was imposed on people without discussion, being the perfect example.

We’ve tried to do our bit to improve matters here by carrying updates from Charlton councillor Gary Parker. Now the council’s holding public meetings – the first for about a decade – in parts of the borough to get views on local areas and how they could be improved.

They’re called Better Together, and the Woolwich & Charlton event is on Tuesday 20 September at Charlton House. If you’re around during the day, you can come to drop-in sessions from 2-6pm, and there’s a formal meeting from 7pm to 8.30pm. You don’t need to sign up in advance.

The meeting covers most of Charlton as well as Woolwich – Charlton, Kidbrooke with Hornfair, Woolwich Common and Woolwich Riverside wards. (An event covering Peninsula ward was held on Monday in Greenwich.)

What to bring up? Current gripes include the state of the streets from litter – in November, a council scrutiny panel will discuss “particular challenges in maintaining the state of the environment in Plumstead and Charlton” – to general maintenance, it could be road safety (have the 20mph zones worked?), reviving the fortunes of Charlton Village or fathoming out what the hell is going on at Charlton Lido.

Of course, the council can’t do everything – but raising an issue here might start a ball rolling.

If you can’t make it, you can always fill in this survey on the council’s website.

2 thoughts on “How can Greenwich Council help improve the area? Tell them at Charlton House on Tuesday

  1. Nick September 24, 2016 / 20:15

    Sell off the council housing stock to a private company or housing association, this council is clueless. They give council housing to the worst tenants and fails to evict them when they cause problems, even those who sublet. They have completely no idea how to run its housing and the maintenance is not up to scratch either, you literally have to beg them to fix stuff.

    As for other issues, Woolwich Arsenal is a disgrace, get rid of that dirty,grey smelly fountain. It is an eyesore and a total waste of money and that whole entire square near the bus stops attracts anti-social behaviour and is a meeting point for drug dealers and other criminal activity.

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