Charlton Park is getting cash to improve it – help decide where it’s spent

Charlton Park
Where would you spend money to improve Charlton Park?

Last October we reported that Charlton Park had received a share of a £1 million Greenwich Council fund to improve local parks.

The cash is due to go to:

  • Modernise, repair and redecorate the sports changing rooms
  • Improve the playground
  • Help create the wildlife meadow
  • Various repairs: footpaths, benches, bins, the boundary wall, repainting gates and railings
  • New signage at the car park entrance
  • Marked and measured route markers

The Friends of Charlton Park is asking for your views on where the money should be spent. The group says: “Green spaces should be for everyone, so let us know what would tempt you outside! For example, better lighting in winter may help people who are concerned about safety to feel comfortable spending time outside even after it gets dark around 4pm.”

When the council asked for suggestions last year, the suggestions for Charlton Park included additional toilets and maintenance as well as picnic area improvements, more bins and floodlights in the skatepark.

To find out how to have your say, visit The Friends of Charlton Park.


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Fast, free Covid-19 tests available in Charlton this weekend

The Valley
The Valley is hosting lateral flow testing this weekend

Local residents who are not showing coronavirus symptoms can now book fast, free tests at The Valley this weekend to see if they have Covid-19.

The tests are being made available as part of a borough-wide community testing programme and are also available at locations in Greenwich and Eltham. Results will be sent to you within 45 minutes.

A testing station was set up at The Valley last weekend to test school students and staff, but there are slots available for all without symptoms this weekend. So to save you making an unnecessary journey to the Old Royal Naval College, you can book a test at The Valley at the Greenwich Council website. Results will be sent by text within 30 minutes.

If you have symptoms, don’t use this service – go straight to the standard testing service instead at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or call 119.

Many people with the virus don’t show symptoms, so the fast lateral flow tests are useful at picking up these cases. If you get a positive test, you should always act on it – but don’t be reassured by a negative test, because analysis shows lateral flow tests only pick up half the active infections. It’s better than nothing – if people self-isolate as a result of taking these tests, then they have done their job – but not fool-proof.

A major incident has been declared in London because of the pressure the health service is coming under.

In Greenwich borough, 1,092 people out of every 100,000 had a positive test in the seven days to 2 January – you can see local breakdowns on the Public Health England dashboard. The highest rate in the country is across the Thames in Barking & Dagenham, with 1,615 positive tests per 100,000. The Office for National Statistics believes 1 in 30 Londoners are infected.

If you need to self-isolate but need help with shopping or other services, get in touch with Greenwich Council’s community hub or call 0800 470 4831. If you cannot claim sick-pay from your employer and are a low income household, a one-off £500 payment may be available from the government to support you and your family. Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831.


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Old Cottage Coffee Shop customers rally round for Christmas – and raise £1,000 for hospice

Old Cottage Cafe
The cafe was unable to open for Christmas, but scores of people helped anyway

More than 120 customers of the Old Cottage Coffee Shop in Charlton Park rallied round to help 24 elderly people have a happy Christmas, writing cards and helping to deliver food.

The cafe usually invites older people round for Christmas dinner – but with that not possible this year, it asked customers – including readers of The Charlton Champion – to help with donations of gifts, food and money, and to help drive the parcels to the recipients’ homes.

As well as the gifts and food, 280 cards were written, and a total of £1,619 was raised – meaning £1,031 can be given to the Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Help came from as far away as St Thomas a Becket primary school in Abbey Wood, whose pupils sent cards, while the Co-op in Charlton Village, Tesco in Woolwich and Hachi Sushi Grill, also in Woolwich, helped out too.


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