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Published: Wednesday, 9th March 2022

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is asking local residents, businesses and community groups for feedback to help shape the future of Woolwich town centre.

The Council is investing nearly £21 million of funding to help deliver a wide-ranging programme of improvements throughout Woolwich, including Beresford Square, Powis Street, Hare Street and key entrances into the town centre. Improvements could include a new Market Pavilion, restoring shop fronts, enhancements to the historic Royal Arsenal Gatehouse and space for events, as well as providing new seating, trees, planting, signage, public art and information about Woolwich’s rich history.

The Council is asking local people to share their ideas and feedback on the proposals, and how and where they’re delivered in the town centre. People can get involved in a number of different ways:

- Visit Have Your Say to answer a short survey. 

- Visit one of our pop-up events:

  • Thursday 10 March, 5pm to 7pm outside Woolwich DLR train station
  • Wednesday 16 March, 11am to 2pm on Powis Street
  • Monday 21 March, 11am to 2pm on Beresford Squar

- Sign up for a night walk on Thursday 17 March, from 6pm to 7.30pm

- Register to take part in one of our online workshops (Space on the workshops and night walk are limited, and advance registration is needed):

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said:

“It’s vitally important that residents, businesses and community groups in Woolwich have the opportunity to help shape the future of the town centre. We want to build a thriving town centre that we can all be proud of and showcase Woolwich’s unique heritage. This will ensure we can make the most of the opportunities that the arrival of the Elizabeth line will bring to Woolwich, as well as other exciting developments like the new leisure centre and Woolwich Exchange.”

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Good Growth, said:   
“This investment will help us to protect and preserve Woolwich’s special character, whilst supporting local businesses and encouraging people back into the town centre. I hope everyone will get involved and have their say, to make sure the improvements deliver what the local community really wants - a vibrant and attractive place to live, work and shop.”

The feedback received will be used to develop a series of detailed designs which will be shared with the community in the summer for further comments. Improvements will be delivered from autumn 2022 and are expected to complete in 2024.

More information on the programme including full details of events and to register for updates.

Nearly £21 million funding has been awarded from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Future High Street Fund (FHSF) and Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ), complemented by match funding from the Royal Borough of Greenwich.