The Charlton Champion 2017 Review of the Year

Sunset from Charlton Riverside

As 2017 draws to a close we thought we’d take a look into the Charlton Champion‘s site stats to find out what stories had been most popular this year. But first we’d like to say:

Thank you. For reading our stories, commenting, contributing, sharing, ‘liking’, retweeting, sending us local information, and so on. We have no promotional budget (or – for the moment – any revenue to support one), so it makes a tremendous difference to us when our readers help spread the word. This year we’ve acquired a lot of new followers on our social media accounts (if you’ve not already done so you can find us on Twitter, Facebook, and – most recently – Instagram). So, ‘Welcome’ if you’ve recently joined us (you can find out more about how we got here here); and ‘thanks for sticking with us’ if you’re a longer-term reader.

If you find the stories you read here useful, please let people know about us: tell your friends, relatives, the local businesses you frequent, and your elected representatives… We’re grateful to councillors Gary Parker and John Fahy for providing us with their ward reports in 2017, and we’d welcome contributions from other councillors in Charlton and the surrounding wards.

We believe The Charlton Champion is a great platform for anyone wanting to communicate with an engaged local audience, and we know our readers have an appetite to lent more about the issues and developments shaping the local area.

And secondly we’d like to say:

Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute to The Charlton Champion. We’d love to have a wider range of contributors and a more diverse set of voices on the site in 2018. If you’ve got a Charlton story, project, campaign, idea, event or other local interest, get in touch and let us know.

This year The Charlton Championjoined the Independent Community News Network, which aims to champion and support journalism at the local and hyperlocal level, where news coverage is most at risk of dying out because of continued cutbacks by the major publishing groups.

Our membership of ICNN gives us access to the expertise built up by the University of Cardiff’s Centre for Community Journalism as well as the experiences of our fellow members. It also enables us to feed into their discussions about how the sector should grow. Our sister site 853 is also now a member.

Primark Charlton

The top 10 most-read Charlton Champion stories in 2017

  1. Charlton Primark: Hundreds queue to bag bargains as store opens. Whatever you think of Charlton’s expanding retail parks (and associated road congestion) Primark certainly appears to be popular.
  2. Charlton skate park: First detailed images emerge with construction planned for summer A story we’ve been covering since the plans first emerged came to a conclusion as the skate park opened in Charlton Park (see 4 below for photos of the occasion)
  3. Charlton set to keep Charing Cross trains and gain Thameslink services in rail revamp
  4. Charlton’s skatepark officially open: photos
  5. Charlton and Woolwich Arsenal set to lose Charing Cross trains from 2022
  6. Charlton history: The man who took a bullet for the PM. October saw a sudden flurry of interest in a post from 2011 from viewers of ITV’s Victoria drama, searching for the facts on the death of Edward Drummond, private secretary to PM Robert Peel. A reminder that we’ve not posted any local history for a while – let us know if you’d like to write some!
  7. ‘Deteriorating’ Charlton Village placed on Historic England ‘at risk’ register. Concerns raised about the state of Charlton Village’s conservation area.
  8. Flowers left at scene as police launch murder inquiry following Charlton stabbing
  9. Crossrail bus changes: TfL plans to halve bus frequencies between Greenwich and Charlton by switching route 180
  10. Ikea coming to Greenwich – can we stop it grinding Charlton to a halt? Planning permission has been granted and construction’s started; how will the new IKEA impact congestion around Charlton and east Greenwich?

Looking forward to 2018

Christmas Eve traffic jam, Anchor & Hope Lane
I’d walk it if I were you…

What’s going to happen in the new year? We’re not fortune-tellers, but we think at least some of the below will shape Charlton and the topics we write about:

Finally, if you’ve read this far, we’d like to say thanks once again. We wish you a happy 2018.

Neil and Darryl.

2 thoughts on “The Charlton Champion 2017 Review of the Year

  1. Ola December 29, 2017 / 19:12

    Recently bought a house in Charlton and been a keen reader of the blog to get an insight into the area.

    there appears to be a lot of potential but there are challenges on how to unlock.

    Believe this blog can be a catalyst for overcoming these challenges.

    Will keep an eye on the blog and, time permitting, look to contribute as well.

  2. ThePirateKing January 8, 2018 / 18:24

    A belated Happy New Year to you. Thank you for all the local stories in 2017.

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