Eltham is one of the three major town centres in the Royal Borough, along with Greenwich and Woolwich.
Historically important as the place where Henry VIII grew up, it is a thriving centre with a mix of national brands and independent shops.
High Street public realm
Eltham High Street recently underwent a major £6.6m improvement scheme as part of the Council's regeneration masterplan for the town centre. Work started in February 2016 and the majority of work, with the exception of a small area around the new cinema, has been completed for over a year. The scheme, primarily funded by Transport for London, has rejuvenated the public spaces and aimed to support the long term vitality of the high street through:
- providing better crossings and giving more priority to pedestrians
- planting new trees and landscaping
- widening and re-paving of footpaths with high quality materials
- upgrading street lighting
- introduction of a 20mph speed limit
- repositioning of some bus stops to reduce overcrowding
- improving cycle facilities and lanes
The scheme was developed through extensive local consultation. One of the commitments the Council made was that after the completion of works we would re-consult residents and business to gauge levels of satisfaction and how well the measures implemented had fulfilled the stated objectives.
The Council is developing a six-screen cinema complex on Eltham High Street.
The complex will also house two new restaurants.
Passey place is a small public area which is used for entertainment and events, including a monthly market. It is also used by the public as a central meeting place. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the year.