Greenwich consultations end this weekend

A quick heads-up to let you know Greenwich Council’s consultations on its plans to part-pedestrianise the town centre – and create a flaming great gyratory through west Greenwich – and to do up Cutty Sark Gardens end this weekend.

I’ve already voiced my feelings about the pedestrianisation scheme – and you can have your say here. However, there’s a small problem with the Cutty Sark questionnaire…

Incidentally, if you went to see the Enderby Wharf exhibition on Thursday or Friday – how was it? I managed to miss it like an idiot, thinking it would stretch into the weekend. Frustratingly, there’s nothing on the web to look at.

On a London-wide basis, the consultation on the western extension of the congestion chargewhich was meant to fund the new central London bike hire scheme – also ends this weekend.


  1. The Enderby’s Wharf exhibition was interesting. The Cruise Liner Terminal proposals are realistic, the residentil blocks are at an angle to the river – could be an extremely good development. Obviously I will be looking at the detail of the planning application, but so far so good.

    The cable car consultation also ends this weekend.

  2. I’m not a Greenwich resident, but I cycle that way every day. Is it worth me filling it in? It would make my life easier if it wasn’t part pedestrianised, but since I don’t live there I worry it’d be self-absorbed to try and influence it. If it will have any influence at all.

  3. Of course it is – I’m surprised the Greenwich plans haven’t had wider attention across London (actually, come to think of it, I’m not…)

  4. I rather agree with Bill Ellson: this is better than most riverside proposals. The mix of housing types gives more to social housing and to large families, the open space will be truly open and not gated, the layout seems less diagrammatic than (for instance) Lovell’s Wharf.

    There are drawbacks: at 10 storeys except for the block at 13, it seems a bit on the high and blocky side. The architecture is still in development, so the only thing we know for certain is that it won’t look quite like the illustrations at the exhibition (probably more interesting, with balconies and wintergardens etc).

    The relation to the river looks good but there appears to be a problem in that the site ends at the back of the Thames Path but the Environment Agency will want the river bank improved. If I understand correctly (big if?) that will allow the retention of the two jetties but will also require the rebuilding of the bank itself and so the loss of the gently sloping bank, to be replaced with a vertical wall and planted inter-tidal terracing. This would be good ecology perhaps but puts the close experience of the river at risk besides making a bit of an emergency for foreshore archaeology.

    By the way, the Environment Agency’s requirements for flood prevention were what caused the rather absurd-seeming non-path at the entrance to Lovell’s Wharf from Ballast Quay – to get over the flood wall and down to the old river bank path would have required steps too heavy to put on top of the old river wall. (This is a simplified version of the story.)

    The cruise liner terminal will be the first part of the development to be built (developers under some pressure from Greenwich Council to provide by 2012 though the need for a terminal in London is independent of the Oplympics) and the rest follows within five years. I’m not sure how reliable such pronouncements can be given present economic conditions.

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