Last chance to have your say about parking in Charlton

parking sign
The consultation into parking restrictions in Charlton closes on Monday

It’s been a while coming – but if you’re in the affected area and haven’t responded, Monday is your last chance to respond to Greenwich Council’s consultation into introducing parking controls in most of SE7.

Strictly speaking, most of Charlton is already in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) – but only streets close to Charlton and Westcombe Park stations are covered by parking permits. This consultation asks (in the vaguest of ways) whether you would like to see permit parking in your street.

Parking controls in the area go back to 2000, when the whole area was in a CPZ for the Millennium Dome, although that area was quickly shrunk after the Dome closed and the current parking regime was introduced in 2007.

Since then, things have changed somewhat – neighbours of the new Synergy development on Victoria Way have complained about contractors parking up in their area while the expansion of the Bugsby’s Way retail strip has led to more rat-running and more parking. Some streets have been blighted, others remain blissfully unaffected.

Meanwhile, crowds at Charlton Athletic have dipped, but are on their way back up – and the club’s current position in the Championship means more night matches, at times when permit controls do not apply. (Streets south of Charlton Park, which often take the brunt of matchday parking, are not part of this consultation.)

The area being surveyed

It’s worth pointing out that some of the streets worst affected are right next to roads that already have permit controls – as the council warns, any expansion of permits could push problems into neighbouring streets. (And then another consultation a decade later.) The £100 annual cost of a basic parking permit will also be a consideration – will the extra funds improve the notoriously poor enforcement of existing parking controls?

Your own circumstances will no doubt dictate how you respond, but it is worth considering other people when you respond – those in other streets, and those who simply want to cross the road without having to peer out from between other people’s cars.

The website link appears to have been up and down during the consultation – part of the problem appears to be the council expecting people to type in a full address from the consultation sheet (including “https://”) because it is not listed on its consultation website. Try clicking here to have your say.


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Metro Bank gets go-ahead for Charlton retail park branch

Metro Bank design
The bank plans a glass-fronted building

Metro Bank has been given permission by Greenwich Council to build a new branch to replace the McDonald’s drive-through restaurant on Bugsby’s Way.

Only two objections were received by the council to the scheme, which was reported on this website in September.

The site is on land designated for long-term housing development, with the council’s own Charlton Riverside masterplan stating that the Bugsby’s Way retail strip does not conform with the council’s “policy to promote Woolwich as a metropolitan town centre”.

With only two objections, the decision can be made by council officers without the application going to councillors to discuss. There is no report by planning officers, so the council’s response to the objections remains a mystery.

Metro Bank – which has had well-reported difficulties in recent months – is aiming for a 25-year lease on the site. The planning permission is valid for three years.

One council condition is that 12 “secure and dry” cycle parking spaces must be provided, on a site that is one of the most intimidating for cyclists in the borough.

McDonald’s has a lease on the land until October 2021 – when contacted by The Charlton Champion in September, it was unable to answer questions about its future plans.


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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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