Spray Street demolitions: Woolwich campaigners confirm new public meeting

Public at Woolwich
Street Feast now occupies the old covered market

Local pressure group Speak Out Woolwich is to hold a public meeting on Monday 30 July to discuss controversial plans to demolish Woolwich’s covered market and the buildings around it, displacing scores of small businesses.

Developers plan to knock down shops – mainly businesses run by and for black and ethnic minority communities – and the old Woolwich Public Market and replace them with 742 new homes, shops, offices, a cinema and a new public square as part of a scheme backed by Greenwich Council.

The scheme has already been criticised by Labour councillors while the Twentieth Century Society wants to get the market – now being used as a street food market – listed.

A decision on the listing is expected soon, local MP Matt Pennycook was told last week.

Speakers will come from The Survey of London – whose extensive 2013 architectural study of Woolwich has just been made free to read online – Greenwich Inclusion Project and local businesses. Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe is also down to speak.

The meeting runs from 7.30pm to 9pm on Monday 30 July at the Woolwich Centre library on Wellington Street. It had originally been scheduled for 11 July, but was postponed after a clash with the England football team’s World Cup semi-final.

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