If you live near or travel over Woolwich Common a lot, you’ll be getting used to the sight above before long. Work’s already started on getting the common and the nearby Royal Artillery Barracks set to host the shooting events in next summer’s Olympics and Paralympics. There’s more in this newsletter which apparently has been delivered to the common’s “closest neighbours”. Three indoor firing ranges and one outdoor range are being constructed on the common, while 50 trees are being taken down to make room (with a promise that they’ll be replaced by 75 trees once the games are over.)
Ha Ha Road, which crosses the common, will be closed while the Olympics are on – not much fun for anyone who needs to access Queen Elizabeth Hospital, or is travelling on a bus through that area. Circular Way – a long-closed road now used as a cycle route – will be closed until December 2012 to make room for the works on the common.
Apparently there was a “drop-in session in Woolwich Town Centre” in February – I don’t remember any publicity for this. It certainly didn’t get a mention in Greenwich Council’s propaganda weekly, Greenwich Time, which surely exists to promote such events. I’m sure a lot of people might have wanted to find out some more. If you know better, please let me know.
Now – why haven’t the above images, and the alterations to the common been publicised as widely as possible? Again, this is the kind of thing Greenwich Council publishes a newspaper for, isn’t it? Indeed, what are Greenwich’s plans for the reinstatement of the common after summer 2012? But it’s also the job of LOCOG to tell us about their ideas, not just land it on local residents as a fait accompli.
Meanwhile, some details about this summer’s test event in Greenwich Park – yet to be passed by Greenwich’s planning board – have appeared on the Friends of Greenwich Park website following a meeting of the Local Societies Consultative Group. However, at present, minutes of this meeting are not publicly available.