Meet Greenwich & Woolwich candidates at Charlton election hustings on 7 December

Charlton hustings 2015
The last election hustings in Charlton were in 2015 (Photo: Ed Simmons)

As you’ll no doubt all be too painfully aware, there’ll be a general election on Thursday 12 December. Which means… hustings time!

Luckily, in Charlton, a coalition of community groups have worked hard to ensure that you can put your questions to the candidates, face to face, on Saturday 7 December.

Most of Charlton comes under Greenwich & Woolwich constituency (a small area south of Charlton Park comes under Eltham), and all the candidates have been invited.

They are Labour’s Matt Pennycook, first elected as the area’s MP in 2015; Thomas Turrell, the Conservative candidate; Rhian O’Connor, the Liberal Democrat; Victoria Rance of the Greens; the Brexit Party’s Kailash Trivedi; Eunice Odesanmi of the Christian Peoples’ Alliance; and Sushil Gaikwad, a pro-Brexit independent.

The event is being put on by the Charlton Society in partnership with the Charlton Central Residents Association, Charlton Parkside Community Hub, and Valley Hill Community Hub.

Organisers Andrew Donkin and Helen Jakeways said: “We believe the hustings are an important local event because they give the residents and voters of Charlton the chance to interact face to face with the candidates asking for their vote. With seven candidates standing this time around, it promises to be a wide-ranging and lively debate. Everyone is are welcome at these hustings and we hope the voters of Charlton will turn out en mass to question all the candidates standing for parliament in the Greenwich & Woolwich parliamentary constituency. We look forward to seeing you there.”

It all starts at 11am at The Assembly Rooms in Charlton Village.


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Herringham Quarter: Plans for 1,300 Charlton Riverside homes go to council

Is this the future of the Charlton Riverside?

Hyde housing association has formally submitted its plans to build nearly 1,300 new homes on the Charlton riverside, making it the third major scheme to enter the planning process.

It has put in a detailed planning application to Greenwich Council to build 762 homes on two plots either side of Herringham Road, close to the Thames Barrier, with blocks of up to 10 storeys. It is calling the site Herringham Quarter.

One set of blocks would replace Maybank Wharf, the current Westminster Waste recycling yard. Of the 524 flats planned for the riverside site, 21.5% would be for shared ownership, 21% would be for London Affordable Rent, a form of social rent.

Phase 1 is where 762 homes are planned. Phases 2 and 3 are not expected until after 2024

The other set of blocks, to the south, would offer 238 flats, all for London Affordable Rent. It says it plans to take vacant possession of both sites in March. Retail and workshops are also in the plans along with open spaces and a new flood defence wall.

Hyde also plans to build 530 homes on two adjoining sites closer to the Thames Barrier. However, it has only asked for outline permission for these sites; it does not expect to take possession of the land until 2024. One set of blocks would be of 203 flats for private sale, the other would be of 285 flats with 9% London Affordable Rent and 48% shared ownership.

Don’t ask why some people are dressed for summer and others winter…

Access to the new homes, however, could be a challenge for the first residents – with the sole route in and out of the site being via the industrial yards of Eastmoor Street. Hyde says it has agreed with Transport for London for a bus route to serve the site – but oddly, it would be an extension of the 301 route to Woolwich, rather than a route to North Greenwich or Charlton station. While this would be cheap to provide, it would be lumbering residents with the cost of commuting from zone 4 even though they would be living in zone 3.

The riverside development will also have to contend with Riverside Wharf – the Tarmac yard – as a neighbour. As at Greenwich Millennium Village, one block will be built to shield the development from the industrial use.

Much of what is in the planned development has already been trailed at public exhibitions. But the application submitted to Greenwich Council does provide some very useful context as to the wider Charlton Riverside project and its neighbour at Greenwich Peninsula.

Who owns what and what’s planned on the riverside – note the amount of land owned by Greenwich Council

The other four schemes, from west to east, are:

Want to see what the riverside could look like in a decade?

Hyde’s map of future riverside developments (click to expand)

You can find the full planning documents – and send your thoughts to the council – on its planning website (reference 19/3456/F). If you read nothing else, have a look at the first volume of its transport and access statement, which is where we’ve lifted the images from.


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Urban Harvest Open Day at Maryon Park Community Garden this Saturday

The Community Garden in Maryon Park is open to all this Saturday as part of Capital Growth’s Urban Harvest event. Its chair TIM ANDERSON explains more…

Community food growing gardens across the capital will be open on Saturday 21st September to welcome visitors and volunteers.  Get a taste of London’s edible gardens by dropping in to Maryon Park Community Garden in Charlton, one of Capital Growth’s flagship gardens, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Capital Growth, part of the charity Sustain, is London’s largest food growing network, with over 2,000 gardens throughout the city. 

At the Maryon Park Community ‘Organic Food Growing’ Garden activities include:

  • Tours of the Garden and Forest School.
  • Display of photos from the 1966 cult film ‘Blow Up’ that was shot in Maryon Park.
  • Activities for children: Making bird feeders. 
  • Refreshments: Teas & coffee
  • Damson Jam and Chutney Sale
  • Wood Craft Sale including Bird Boxes
  • Plant and succulent Sale

In the Forest School area there will be a free ‘Family Forest School Session’ from 2pm – 3pm led by Chevonne Campbell.

How to find Maryon Park Community Garden

Enter Maryon Park from the main entrance in Maryon Road, follow the path to the left past the park lodge and find the Community Garden at the end of the park perimeter fence. Look out for the signs and bunting. 


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