When Beds Go Bad
Whilst checking out the bollards, I noticed something horrid at Lovells Wharf. When the developers bricked up our original Thames Path a few weeks ago and redirected it to their sales office (it’s all closed now) they at least planted the bricked up bit with a few bits of ‘new-development’ bedding. Now even that’s all been grubbed out.
What depresses the hell out of me is that the council just seems to have accepted that the “The Path is now closed and will remain closed for some time.” We’re told to check the council website for the details but I have spent some time on there this morning and all I can find is a page trumpeting the walk from the Thames Barrier East – nice, but not the bit I want to know about.
I know the path has to be closed while Syrol goes, but where is the impetus to force Lovells Wharf to reopen sometime before the next millennium? There seems to be no development at all going on at the rest of the site – i.e. they haven’t even started building yet. Surely they should be forced to open the path until they prove they have some sort of intention to build?
And what about these ‘danger spots’ we’re told about? Can they be fixed? I know there’s going to be a cash problem, so is there a way that local people can get involved in a practical way, to help re-open this path?
I went to see either end of the closed bit the other day; it’s a huge chunk that I used to use often. Now it’s all closed, behind high hoardings and very permanent-looking redirection signs and, what with all the other hoardings, scaffolding, plastic sheeting and dead shops, I’m beginning to wonder why people come to Greenwich at all just now.
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