Greenwich Council recycling centre opens again with tennis courts to follow

Social distancing banner in Maryon Park, Charlton
Restrictions are being put in place to keep people two metres apart

Greenwich Council has followed other boroughs by opening its reuse and recycling centre in Thamesmead – but residents will need to book an appointment to use it to aid social distancing.

The centre, off Nathan Way, had been closed since the start of the coronavirus lockdown, with the council appealing to residents to hold on to bulky waste.

It opened its gates again yesterday, following the prime minister’s slight easing of the restrictions. However, residents will have to telephone to get a visiting slot and bring ID before driving to the centre.

Visits will be restricted to one visit per month, per household to allow as many people access as possible, and only Greenwich borough residents will be allowed to use the site. Full details and the number to call are on the council website.

Lewisham Council’s centre at Landmann Way in New Cross opened with similar restrictions on Tuesday. Bexley’s centre at Foots Cray also opened on Tuesday, with its Crayford facility to follow on Monday, with both having tight restrictions on access and what can be dropped off.

Tennis courts are also reopening at Blackheath, Eltham Park South and Plumstead Common from Monday; and at Altash Gardens, Bostall Gardens, Fairy Hill Park, Kidbrooke Green and Maryon Park from Friday 22 May. A reduced number of courts will be available, and it will be singles matches only – except for doubles matches between pairs from the same household.

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