Can you help? Police hunt two men after Charlton stabbing

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Adam Chambers died on Tuesday outside Phipps House, behind Woolwich Road

Police are hunting two men after a 30-year-old man died after being stabbed behind Phipps House, off Woolwich Road, on Tuesday evening.

The victim has been identified as Adam Chambers, who lived in Charlton. A post-mortem found he died after a stab wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Watling of the Metropolitan Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said he wanted to trace two men who were seen near the location before heading towards Troughton Road.

“They are both described as black men, aged around 20 years,” he said. “One man was taller than the other, and both were wearing dark clothing.

“I would urge any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist the investigation, to call police.” (Read the full police statement)

Police were called to the scene at 5.44pm. Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4205.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.

A tribute video has been posted to YouTube, featuring bike riders who rode around the area on Wednesday evening.

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Got a question about the Charlton Riverside masterplan? Consultation sessions announced

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Greenwich Council formally launched the Charlton Riverside masterplan consultation last week. We hope to publish more on what’s inside over the next couple of weeks, but there are council consultation sessions over the next month where you can ask questions and make comments.

Sessions are being held at The Valley, Charlton House, Greenwich Trust School and New Charlton Community Centre between 4 and 22 March.

In true local paper style, here’s the council’s press release…

Residents are being invited to participate in our consultation on the proposed Charlton Riverside development.

Charlton Riverside is an exciting opportunity for a mixed use neighbourhood, characterised by medium-rise development. The proposed development will continue
to be an important employment area, which could add space for around 5,000 more jobs, as well as up to 7,500 new homes, schools, open space and community health facilities.

Future development could integrate modern, clean, hi-tech business and industrial with residential and community uses to create a dynamic living and working environment.

Consultation drop in sessions will also be held on the following dates where people can ask questions and make comments on the proposals:

Saturday 4 March: Charlton Athletic, Floyd Road, SE7 8BL from 10am to 12pm
Tuesday 7 March: Charlton House, Charlton Road, SE7 8RE from 1pm to 3pm
Tuesday 14 March: Royal Greenwich Trust School, 765 Woolwich Road, London SE7 8LJ from 7pm to 9pm
Wednesday 22 March: New Charlton Community Centre, 217 Maryon Road, Charlton SE7 8DB from 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, Councillor Danny Thorpe, said: “The proposed Charlton Riverside development respects the industrial heritage of Charlton Riverside, natural environment and local community aspirations while delivering the new homes, businesses and thousands of jobs required.

“Working with and for residents and businesses is central to making Charlton Riverside successful, which is why we are asking local people to come along to next month’s meetings and have their say on our proposals.”

The consultation starts on 22 February and will remain open to receiving any written or email comments by 5pm on 12 April. To give us your views, please go online to: www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Alternatively, you can give us your comments by letter to:

Regeneration Team,
Fifth Floor,
The Woolwich Centre,
35 Wellington Street,
Woolwich,
London SE18 6HQ

Or by email to: charlton-masterplan[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

Here’s the Charlton Riverside Draft Masterplan, the Draft Employment and Heritage Study, and Draft Woolwich Road Highway and Public Realm Improvements.

You can also read From The Murky Depths’ first thoughts on the Charlton Riverside Masterplan, plus a heads-up of worrying plans to cut bus services, including diverting the 180 to North Greenwich. More on this here when time allows.

What’s happening on Charlton’s riverside? Find out (maybe) on Wednesday 1 February

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If you want to find out more about the plans to redevelop Charlton’s riverside industrial land, then there’s a “stakeholder forum” on Wednesday 1 February at 7.30pm at the Old Library in Charlton House.

Greenwich Council deputy leader Danny Thorpe will be updating attendees on the borough’s slow progress on rewriting the Charlton Riverside Masterplan, which is running a year late and is widely believed to be ditching plans for it to follow the “principles of a garden city” in favour of riverside tower blocks.

Already, one development has already come forward, with Rockwell Estates proposing a 28-storey tower block in Anchor & Hope Lane at an exhibition late last year. A planning application is expected soon, and the scheme could be complete by 2021.

(Apologies for the short notice, we’ve only just been told about this ourselves…)

Catch the train? Take the bus? Come to Transport for Charlton’s first meeting

A weekend train at Charlton: There'll be fewer of these over the next few months
The Charlton Rail Users Group, which has been dormant for a few years, has come alive again under a new name – Transport for Charlton.

It’s holding its first public meeting on Wednesday 12 October, at 6.30pm at Charlton Liberal Club. Representatives from Southeastern, Transport for London and other local campaign groups will be there.

The new group will be encompassing all forms of transport around the area – one of the things the group is likely to be campaigning for will be a better link to North Greenwich, by diverting the 472 so it serves the stop outside Charlton station.

The ongoing engineering works at London Bridge and Abbey Wood – and the lack of information about weekend closures – is also sure to be on the agenda. (Because Southastern can’t be botherd to announce this stuff, we keep a full diary here, currently up to Christmas.)

One piece of good transport news to note – the Night Tube will come to the Jubilee Line at North Greenwich from Friday night/Saturday morning. Trains will run all night at weekends, every 10 minutes, feeding into half-hourly all-night buses on the 108, 132, 188, 472 and 486.

‘Charlton Bike Days’ at Hornfair Park

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Want to get your bike checked out, brush up on your cycling skills, or go on a ‘social ride’ around the local area? The council’s running a series of events at Hornfair Park on the 3rd Sunday of the month, with the next sessions taking place tomorrow (15th May). More info and booking for the cycling skills session and social ride can be found here: http://royalgreenwich.gov.uk/bikedays.

As ever, we’d love to hear your feedback if you go along – tell us about it in the comments box below!

Charlton Athletic fans hold mock funeral procession to The Valley

In case you weren’t in the area yesterday, Charlton Athletic fans held a mock funeral procession along Charlton Church Lane and Floyd Road ahead of their match against Middlesbrough. It’s the latest in a serious of protests against the management of the side by absentee Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet and his chief executive, Katrien Meire.

A number of protests took place during the match, including delaying the start by throwing beach balls onto the pitch. The Addicks won the match 2-0

Thanks to Matt White for video. See more pictures and video from the protests.

In? Out? Shake it all about? Talk about the EU referendum at Charlton House on 19 February

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The EU Parliament building in Strasbourg

You might be treating the approaching EU referendum with dread: foghorn-voiced old bores, nostalgic for Empire, hogging the news and distracting us from a wobbly economic situation that needs continued, urgent attention.

Or you may be salivating at the imminent poll: a festival of democracy that will debate our sovereignty and the urgent issue of how the United Kingdom relates not just to its closest neighbours, but the wider world.

Whichever you are, the Charlton Parkside Community Hub would love to see you at Charlton House to talk EU: In or out? with London MEP Syed Kamall.

“This event is strictly neutral and non-party political. Its aims are to air as many key issues as possible, discuss individual concerns and allow a more informed decision to be made. Syed will give a brief overview of the pros and cons of staying or leaving before opening it up to the floor for a Q&A session.”

Doors open at 6.45pm, the event runs from 7pm to 8.30pm. (And make sure you’re registered to vote…)

(If you really can’t get enough of local angles on the EU, Greenwich & Woolwich MP Matt Pennycook was a guest on today’s BBC2 Daily Politics, which discussed the referendum.)