New Capital Quay
So, after stalling last year, work has restarted on New Capital Quay, on the Greenwich side of the creek, and Jeremy and I have been wondering where that leaves us.
Of course the new consortium has got it easy in comparison to the old one – the hard bit of the work’s been done – the tedious wrangling of the planning stage has passed and the foundations, especially next to the convergence of two rivers can’t have been easy but it’s done now. But apart from the eleven blocks of 636 new apartments, what is actually going to go there now?
Fifty seven percent of the space will, apparently, be publicly accessible so at least it’s not all going to be gated and they’re still talking about a supermarket and sundry bars and ‘community and visitor attractions’ (not sure what they mean by ‘visitor attractions’ in a largely residential development…) but there’s no mention whatsoever of the originally projected footbridge linking the two sides of the Thames Path (at the moment ramblers face a nasty hiatus between that weird statue of Peter the Great and the Five Foot Walk).
Now, maybe I’ve got this wrong, but I’m sure this was a Section 106 obligation. Did the agreement end when the last company walked away or are they still bound to do this? Are we still going to get our bridge and the company’s just failed to mention it in their list of lovely facilities for residents on their website? Perhaps they’re just hoping the council will forget about it. Or did the last company give the cash to the council, so they could build it? If so are we still going to get it or has it been quietly forgotten in the series of cuts?
I seriously have no idea. But I would very much like to know. A bridge linking those parts of the Thames Path wouldn’t just benefit walkers, it would be good for business for the supermarket and bars, would link Millennium Quay with Greenwich and, let’s face it, would just be cool.
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