Eltham residents are being urged to object to the latest Grove Market Place development proposals, reports the New Shopper. I blogged about their previous proposals last year.
The developer Eltham Renaissance have reduced their proposals to a hotel, supermarket (which one unspecified) and 71 flats. The deadline for comments on the plans is 4 February. Comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org at Greenwich Council.
I haven't looked closely at their plans but I know that locals think it would be too imposing and would add to the traffic. I do think that it's been a waste of a prime site over the many years it has lay unused.
I remember in the early 1990s often meeting friends on a Saturday lunchtime at the very agreeable cafe there, getting over our Friday night clubbing hangovers (well before getting hitched and having the kids I hasten to add...). The cafe was next door to the original location of the Stylistics hairdressers (now on Well Hall Road, near the police station). There was also a dodgy shop round there, I seem to recall, with blacked out windows, where men emerged clutching magazines and videos...we just gave it a wide berth. Oh, and also a Fads on the corner of Grove Market Place which was always good for a wander around. Gosh we knew how to live back then...
There always seems a bottle neck of traffic at this corner whenever I'm on my way back from a shop on the high street. And woe betide if you happen to be around there are school closing time as the bus seems to take on loads of little passengers and holds traffic up even further. So unless the plans include measures to deal with the increase in traffic, I'm inclined to agree with the locals.
.......... and why ever would Eltham need a hotel?
True, and true, but what would we want to see there? Anything would bring extra traffic I guess. It's why people abandon High Streets and go to Bluewater, or other such confusing places!
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