Friday, July 14, 2006

Council unveils plans for new Civic Centre.

Ever since Tesco first announced their intentions for the area, we've waited with baited breath to see what they'd come up with, and now the wait is over. A report in the News Shopper, states the Council have finally submitted plans for the 20,000sqft Civic Centre which will be built on Wellington Street.

The report also quotes the Cabinet member responsible for modernisation, Deputy Leader, Cllr Angela Cornforth. In the report she says that the "scheme will fit in with our proposals for the regeneration of the Woolwich area" and that it's "intended to bring to the area expanded community facilities including a new library, new homes, and retail opportunities, which will further enhance the area and will be welcomed by people in the area."

Cllr Cornforth is correct. As "people in the area" we do welcome some new development in Woolwich. We do have concerns though about the amount of effort and funding going into Woolwich at the expense of other parts of the borough. Some parts of Charlton for example could be used as war movie sets.

There is of course one burning question we do have about this development. If planning permission is granted (is it even likely it won't be?), will Tilfen Land get to build it?


Blogger Plumstead Commoner said...

I'm also a bit concerned about "Europe's Largest Tesco" being dumped into the town centre. The roads around Woolwich are already congested enough surely? And there's already a Somerfield, Lidl and Sainsburys less than 400 yards from the proposed new superstore.

9:55 am  
Blogger The Last Boy Scout said...

It looks the council are going to finally kill off Sainsbury's then, by letting Tesco's in.

11:27 am  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

Tesco also wants to build a Metro store on Trafalgar Road, Greenwich... what's the odds on Greenwich Council refusing that, eh?

7:48 pm  
Blogger The Plumster said...

I think Woolwich, and the area as a whole is big enough to sustain a Tesco and a Sainsbury's in much the same way as it's big enough to sustain all the other high street stores it's lost over the past 20 years

Aparently, Sainsbury's want to use the land where the old Woolwich Poly school is for a new store. Good Idea. With a bit of bulldozing, they could probably put an entrance to the store onto Powis Street.

10:35 am  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

What, on the site that Safeway gave up on once a upon a time ago?

9:52 pm  
Blogger The Plumster said...

Not quite, but yes, practically next door to what I think is now Lidl? I've only been in Lidl once, and personally, this is one shop I wouldn't be sorry to see disappear from the Woolwich skyline.

9:57 am  

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