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History of Erith Quarry Historical Development

Erith has a long and rich history owing to its prominent position on the river front. This section looks at the changing face of Erith over the years.

History of Erith Quarry

History of Erith Quarry

Erith Quarry was integral to the local community for nearly two centuries. It was an important source of gravel and loam, mined for everything from ballast for ships to loam for the nearby armaments foundry during WWII.

When quarrying ended in the 1960s, it was filled-in with rubble and other waste materials, as Erith began post-war reconstruction. For the last 30 years, Erith Quarry has lay neglected as its former owners considered it too difficult to develop.

Now it will be transformed with a landmark new school and community spaces to complement much needed new homes.

Historical Development

Historical Development

Erith is an ancient settlement, dating at least back to the medieval period. The town has always been intimately associated with the Thames; the first significant instance of this was when Henry VIII opened a naval dockyard there in the 16th century, on the site of the current Riverside Gardens.

Until the mid 19th century, Erith was a popular small port and anchorage, often a stopping off point for ships bound for the Port of London to discharge some of their cargo. In the 19th century, this commercial activity was complemented by leisure and recreational uses, with a large ‘pleasure garden’ built along the river where Morrisons now stands. Erith had a reputation as a resort and daytrip destination, with pubs and hotels lining the riverbank.

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The pleasure gardens were short lived and Erith’s strategic location on the Thames and with existing railway infrastructure made it an ideal place for industrial development. One of the earliest industrial businesses was the Erith Iron Works at Anchor Bay, opening in 1864, but soon a large number of heavy industrial uses came into being, accompanied by an extensive network of goods railways connected to the mainline. Erith Pier, dates from this time. It was built as an industrial railway pier, allowing goods trains direct access to anchored ships.

In the 1960s, the town was extensively redeveloped following Modernist town planning ideas, including pedestrian/traffic separation, multilevel commercial environments and residential tower blocks. This redevelopment, which had been partly prompted by wartime bomb damage, dramatically altered the layout of the town, and many crucial routes were radically altered: notably the High Street became largely a service road for the new shopping centre. The town’s public spaces were also fundamentally altered by the construction of flood defences, which serve a crucial purpose in protecting the area from flooding but which sever much of the town from a connection to the river. Various buildings and spaces survived this transformation, notably the town’s two Churches.

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Photos courtesy of the Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre.

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Snapshots from the Erith Lighthouse

Snapshots from the Erith Lighthouse

Take a look at some of the fun from the August session at the Erith Lighthouse. From foraging to arts and crafts, and even beer tasting, the Lighthouse is something you don’t want to miss.

For more pictures, check out Taking the Pixels on Facebook and Twitter.

Erith Lighthouse to Launch August 10 – 27

Erith Lighthouse to Launch August 10 – 27

Residents in the borough are being invited to enjoy Erith’s riverside this summer, and to experience an extraordinary ‘pop up’ structure, the Erith Lighthouse, which will be offering a range of dining and family-friendly events.

The Erith Lighthouse will host a programme of special dinners and events to explore and celebrate Erith’s unique London setting, and untapped potential. It will be at Riverside gardens from 10–27 August and then at Erith Pier from 7-24 September. The celebrations will begin with an Erith Lighthouse Garden Party on 10 August from 6.30pm.

Throughout the summer 17 chefs will host 17 dinners creating distinct menus inspired by Erith’s unique riverside location. The guest chefs will use local growers and producers to inspire their menus and will include Steve Kielty, runner-up in this year’s Masterchef, who will be cooking up a British classics menu with a twist and Tiny leaf, London’s only organic, zero waste vegetarian restaurant. There will be a charge of £25 – £30 per person for a three course meal (excluding drinks). Numbers are limited and dining must be booked online in advance.

Alongside this culinary extravaganza, the Erith Lighthouse will host a series of family-friendly events in partnership with the best of Erith’s people and places. Families can try their hand at potato printing, flower pressing and seed sowing, or simply come and spend time playing classic boards games on the Lighthouse deck all day, everyday!

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth said: “Erith will be one of the first places to benefit from our ambitious growth plans, with a programme of regeneration aimed at developing the area into a thriving riverside community.

“The Erith Lighthouse is a chance for local people to celebrate the rich heritage of their area. It’s also an opportunity for Erith to show those Londoners who haven’t yet had the chance to visit, just how fantastic a place it is.”

There will also be a variety of tours and walks, including a ‘wild medicine’ walk and an ‘All paths lead to Erith tour’, that will explore and celebrate the many faces of Erith. In honour of Erith’s former market, the Erith Lighthouse terrace will become a marketplace on 26 August, selling goods from local makers.

Those wishing to attend any of the events must book in advance. Simply visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Erith Lighthouse. Most of the day time events are free. A small charge of £5 will be made for those guided tours and walks that include lunch at the Lighthouse and numbers will be limited. There will be a £10 cover charge for the Bexley beer tasting event on 19 August. Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Erith Lighthouse is commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley and funded by the Mayor of London as part of Bexley’s Greater Erith Programme, a town centre regeneration programme that is enabling the creation of an active town centre that makes the most of Erith’s unique setting by the River Thames.

Find out more about the planned events and dining experiences or visit their Facebook page.

Space is limited at Erith Lighthouse so booking in advance for all events and dinners is essential.

Erith Lighthouse Programme is available for download.

Artist Julia Snowdin wins the Inaugural Pier Commission

Artist Julia Snowdin wins the Inaugural Pier Commission

Project sponsored by Orbit and Wates Residential

Artist Julia Snowdin has been chosen by public vote to be the first artist to reimagine the unique location of Erith Pier for the inaugural Pier Commission. Changing Sails will celebrate the ever-changing nature and dynamic history of the pier through the installation of decorated sails that will animate the space with the wind and light of the Thames.

The sails will be produced through a series of community workshops that explore the town’s history as pleasure resort and industrial centre, and allow the public to work with the artist to decorate the sails using holes to draw shapes and patterns that will depict Erith’s past and present. The sails will be suspended on the pier to create new spaces for the community to relax and play within. The patterned holes will create light spots on the pier during the day and evening. At night, the sails will be lit with different hues of colour creating new ‘rooms’ in which the community can relax, picnic and unwind.

Julia Snowdin uses textiles to create unexpected and interactive spaces for communities to come together to share experiences and craft new stories. She has created work across the country, including for the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry, the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, and at Art in the Park in Leamington Spa and the Kidderminster Arts Festival.

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Caroline Field, Regeneration Manager at Orbit, said: “Having worked in partnership with Wates Residential on the regeneration of Larner Road into the award-winning Erith Park, we understand our role in placemaking and the role our developments can play in regenerating the wider locality and this is why we are sponsoring this fantastic event, celebrating culture and creativity in Erith. We can’t wait to see Julia’s inspired concept transform the Pier.”

Paul Nicholls, Managing Director at Wates Residential South, said: “We were really impressed with the standard of entries for this Commission and delighted that we could be involved in it with our partners. I’m now really looking forward to Julia’s designs coming to fruition and bringing the Pier back to life.”

London Borough of Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Cllr Linda Bailey said: “Congratulations to Julia for being the first artist chosen by the public to install work at our fantastic Erith Pier. What is especially exciting are her plans to involve the local community in creating this original piece. Erith has a fantastic past and an exciting future and we hope that this artwork will set the scene for all the great things happening in the town.”

How to Get Involved

This is a collaborative community project, so if you are interested in getting involved in the workshops, please contact The Exchange (sarah@theexchangeerith.com) or keep an eye on The Exchange website (www.theexchangeerith.com) for upcoming dates.

The artwork will open to the public on 6th September 2017 for three weeks. Alongside the piece will be a series of events and activities that will tie in with the Totally Thames Festival and the Erith Lighthouse project.

For images, click here.

For more information, please contact Sarah Batten at The Exchange: sarah@theexchangeerith.com

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Project background

The commission is organised by The Exchange and sponsored by Orbit and Wates Residential. The partners invited proposals from practitioners to develop an idea that would transform this new public art space for the period of the Totally Thames Festival. A total of 75 proposals were submitted from all over the world, and with the support of a group of judges, this number was whittled down to four.
The judging panel consisted of the project partners, Totally Thames, Port of London Authority, The Decorators (the group responsible for Erith Lighthouse), and local artists Guy Tarrant and Gary Drostle.

Erith Pier

The first wooden pier in Erith was constructed in 1842 by the Guardians of the Wheatley Estate, and extended 444 feet into the river Thames. It heralded the beginning of Erith’s brief period as a pleasure resort for the London elite and a port of call for the London to Gravesend commuter ships. The arrival of the railway, and the opening of a large sewage works nearby in 1865, brought an abrupt end to Erith’s days as a resort. The pier was subsequently put to good use by growing local industries offering industrial ships a deep-water wharf where cargo could be unloaded and transferred to smaller ships to continue up the river, until 1957 when it was replaced by the current 360m long boomerang shaped concrete pier. The decline in industry in the second half of the twentieth century finally left the pier abandoned in 1990 until Morrison’s opened a supermarket on the site in 1999 and retained the pier as a public amenity.

 

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Erith Yacht Club – Push the Boat Out

Erith Yacht Club – Push the Boat Out

Our very own Erith Yacht Club is hosting a ‘Push the Boat Out’ event! RYA Push the Boat Out is all about getting out on the water and discovering sailing and windsurfing near you. The event is taking place on the Thames in Erith, from 2pm – 4.30pm. There will then be a BBQ for members and some Club sailing afterwards.

In 2016, over 30,000 visited PTBO events, with nearly 20,000 people getting out on the water, at 351 venues across the UK. With nearly 400 venues taking part this year PTBO looks to get even more people out on the water, experiencing the joy of sailing and there is bound to be an event local to you.

You can now search for PTBO events taking place near you. If you want to find out more about getting on the water visit Start Boating.

For more information on the Push the Boat Out event happening in Erith, please visit http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx

London Walks: Erith to Greenwich

London Walks: Erith to Greenwich

The following is a piece was originally posted on the Londonist, 23 January 2017.

Written by Chris Clarke.

The walk along the Thames from Erith to Greenwich is 13 miles. It charts London’s ascent and evolution as a city. You begin in boggy Erith and go west, moving inwards towards the Emirates Airline and Docklands – along the bottom lip of the Chelsea smile cut into the left cheek of England.

You should start the walk from Erith station and amble through the town centre in the direction of the river bank. Erith might be technically in London – in the Oyster Zone, at the very least – but it feels a long way off. An old saying about the place holds that:

You feel this solitude – this sense of things happening behind closed doors – as you go down Bexley Road and then turn left onto Erith High Street, towards the River Gardens where the towpath begins. When you get to the Thames look right to see the famous Erith Pier, jutting out before curving back on itself, perturbed, like the fin of an Orca. Behind it the pipe cleaner-thin Dartford Bridge runs along the horizon.

The path is made of crumbling concrete. An unsteady handrail separates you from the river. The Thames here has grown girthy and pythonic. It throws its weight about. The green grass of Essex on the other side seems a long way off. The river slides past in great muscular piles, like magma, and near to the bank the water turns into stippled mud. Gulls or ibis birds pick grubs from the wood skeletons of jetties and old boats. Washed up shoes, clothes and bottles arrange themselves into shantyish piles.

As we head upstream we spy depots and clunky pieces of mechanical equipment stretching into the water. It’s hard to tell which are in use and which are not. Rusty hooks swing over the water. On one of these mysterious pieces of equipment the word “GRANDAD” has been written in spongy capitals – as on the side of a hearse.

After about two miles the dark satanic chimneys start to appear. You pass the Belvedere Waste Incinerator. Then, round a bend, an uncharacteristically lush corner of the riverbank appears. It is fertile as a paddy field, perhaps because of the nearby Crossness Pumping Station. Over the river, almost directly opposite, sits Beckton Sewage Treatment Works. The two aromatically conspire. We are, in effect, downwind of the city’s great “better out than in”. If you are one of those slightly strange people who are squeamish about sewage, then we urge you to not be over-wary: “That they may dream their dreamy dreams. I carry off their filthy streams”, as James Joyce once wrote.

Past the modern pumping station is the Grade 1 listed ‘Crossness Engines Industrial Museum’. It’s based on the old 1865 site, and is worth a visit (although it’s only open a handful of days over the course of this summer).

Immediately behind the nature reserve is the Thamesmead Estate, where A Clockwork Orange was famously filmed in 1970. You’ll just be able to make out the imperious towers from the towpath, or you can get a closer look by taking a mile detour inland. Billed during construction as “The town of the 21st century”, the estate was never properly connected to transport systems, and has become an exemplar of the flawed architectural idealism of the 1960s.

A dusty half mile of genuine countryside, speckled with briars, pylons and pillboxes, takes you through to Woolwich, where flats overlook the Thames. On a warm day you can see windsurfers. Through the fog or summer mist you can now make out the Docklands financial centre for the first time, a cluster of rude protrusions. A series of cannons face out to sea, seemingly at war with the coast of Essex (further downriver, you’ll find the opposite arrangement, with the guns of Tilbury Fort trained south on Gravesend). Given that, thanks to a lack of bridges, it can take as long as an hour to drive the 2 miles from here to Dagenham, you can understand the suspicion!

Within a mile you reach Woolwich Arsenal, the first point in the journey that feels unequivocally in London. Home of the Greenwich Heritage Centre and the Royal Artillery Museums, the plaza is a strange mix of modern art and grandiose pieces of historic weaponry. We are now at the periphery of the TfL system, with the DLR and riverboat services both making an appearance. The Woolwich Ferry is five minutes on, crossing the river like a trawler and creating the feeling, for a second, of a miniature Calais.

After the South East London Aquatic Centre, you can gaze across at the Tate and Lyle sugar factory and notice how much the river has narrowed. This is a good place to cut inland. Take a left and wiggle through industrial and housing estates to Ruston Road and Woolwich Road. The latter booms with traffic, and two old-school boozers – Clancy’s and The White Horse – provide watering holes. The third member of this proposed trilogy, The Victoria pub, is sadly closed and gutted, with an eerie feel to it. Turn right immediately before it and walk for five minutes to reconnect with the river, where the Thames Barrier Cafe provides more wholesome refreshment – i.e. food instead of drink. The information centre lets you look out over the barrier as it protects the city from flooding, like a glimmering succession of miniature Sydney Opera Houses.

From here, an arid feeling returns for over a mile. This is broken up by The Anchor and Hope pub, nestled in the gravel and sandbags of industrial Charlton. It does food. From the river garden you can make out The Emirates Airline, a necklace pulled taut over the river. We may now feel just a stone’s throw from the centre, but we still have a way to go. Lead pipes poke out of walkways, and at low tide you can see a fleet of jade shopping trolleys, embedded in the sludge like an elephant’s graveyard.

Only after you pass Greenwich’s yachting club and ‘ecology peninsula’ does this relent, turning into a harbour-side development with bright colours, glass buildings, and clipped expanses of grass. Tourists queue up to take the cable car, and music drifts from the O2 arena. After The Dome there is another wasteland, as the Thames jack-knifes back on itself. The river becomes choppy here, and you pass a series of storage containers and graffitied breezeblocks. Half an hour later you finally arrive in central Greenwich, thoroughly exhausted (if you’re anything like us). You’ll be just about ready to collapse into the abundance of pubs, bars and eateries the area has to offer – struggling to remind yourself that life was ever any harder than this.

The walk from Erith to Greenwich takes between five and seven hours, and could look very different in a few years’ time. With George Osborne announcing that Britain’s first new garden city in 100 years will be being built in Ebbsfleet – just 5 miles further on from Erith – there’s a good chance, for both better and worse, that the unglamour of deepest darkest south east will soon disappear. The walk is a trip from the riverbed molasses out of which London grew, to the gloss and matte finish with which it is now furnished; an exploration of the city’s tapped and untapped potential. Whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong Londoner – a family, a couple, or a lone walker in search of solitary contemplation – it’s a journey we thoroughly recommend.

Click here for the original post on The Londonist.

The Quarry – From a forgotten relic of Erith to a sustainable community

The Quarry – From a forgotten relic of Erith to a sustainable community

Due to launch to the public in 2017, The Quarry is a truly impressive eco-development set to breathe new life into the disused Erith Quarry site which has lain neglected for the past 40 years, and will be transformed into a collection of new homes including 2 bedroom maisonettes, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced houses, 3 and 4 bedroom semi-detached houses and 3 and 4 bedroom detached houses.

The Quarry will comprise of up to 600 new homes, as well as a primary school, community facilities, retained ecological areas and newly provided open space.

With sustainability at its heart, this innovatively designed development will establish high quality, considered living, educational and community spaces which encourage nature and build on the ecology of the site.

It will also become a commuter’s paradise, located just 30 minutes by train from central London and easily accessible for the planned Crossrail line from Abbey Wood and Woolwich stations.

For more information regarding The Quarry, please visit http://thequarryerith.co.uk/development

Bexley’s Erith Park, has been shortlisted for Best New Place to Live in the prestigious London Planning Awards

Bexley’s Erith Park, has been shortlisted for Best New Place to Live in the prestigious London Planning Awards

Now in its 14th year, the London Planning Awards celebrate the capital’s top planning and development projects.

The large-scale regeneration of the former Larner Road estate into Erith Park has transformed an ex-local authority high-rise estate suffering from low demand and a poor local reputation. The two-phase development replaces eight high-rise blocks with 588 homes for rent, shared ownership and market sale.

Completed in December 2015, the fully occupied 334-home Phase One, is recognised in the London Planning Awards.

Caroline Field, Orbit’s Regeneration Project Manager, said: “Over ten years in the making, Erith Park is a flagship regeneration development that continues to make a positive difference to the lives of our customers, and local people in Erith. Orbit and our partners are incredibly proud of Erith, so to see it recognised in this way is a fantastic achievement.”

Erith Park is the largest regeneration scheme undertaken by 39,000-home Orbit, the UK’s second largest developing housing association, building around 1,500 new homes a year.

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “It is only fitting that a city as exciting and dynamic as London is home to so many innovative developments. Good planning and design is going to be critical in building the thousands of new and genuinely affordable homes for Londoners as well as creating the work space and culture venues our city needs.”

The scheme is delivered in partnership with Wates Residential, London Borough of Bexley and the local community. Orbit has invested over £90m along with £28m affordable housing funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Leader of the London Borough of Bexley, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE said; “I’m delighted that Erith Park has been shortlisted for this award. It took a lot of work to bring those tower blocks down and we were told we couldn’t do it. I’m so very glad that we did and extremely proud that our achievement is being recognised in this way.”

Paul Nicholls, Regional Managing Director, Wates Residential said: “Erith Park is very special to the Wates Residential team and we are very proud to have been part of such an ambitious and successful regeneration project. The new homes we are currently developing, both for private sale and affordable rent, continue to transform this once challenged neighbourhood and we look forward to welcoming more residents to their high-quality new homes.”

Despite the stigmatised location of this development, all homes in Phase One were reserved or sold ahead of programme with over 400 applicants per rental home.

The second and final phase of the development is due for completion in 2018. Reservations for the remaining homes are being taken now and in the New Year for shared ownership properties.

The acclaimed awards are organised by London First, in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Erith Playhouse – New Season Launch

Erith Playhouse – New Season Launch

The fun kicked off this past Saturday 8th April, as the Erith Playhouse launched the next season of plays running from September 2017 – January 2018. Come along and find out about the exciting range of new shows. It’s a chance to pick up reading pieces, meet the directors and also socialise in the bar. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Readings and other dates will be announced soon.

For more information, please contact: Erith Playhouse

38-40 High Street, Erith, Kent DA8 1QY

Tel: 01322 350345

http://www.playhouse.org.uk/

 

Spring is here, and it’s a good time to get up and moving!

Spring is here, and it’s a good time to get up and moving!

Welcome To Erith Leisure Centre

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to feel good, get fit, and get the most out of your local community than to discover the Erith Leisure Centre.

Located in the heart of Erith, they are a modern facility offering a 25m swimming pool, 90 station gym, sports hall, football pitch, and an athletics stadium. If you have any questions or need more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to welcoming you to Erith!

For more information, please visit: http://www.leisurecentre.com/erith-leisure-centre

Erith Leisure Centre, Avenue Road, Erith, DA8 3AT

Tel: 01322 350 271

Tall Ships Regatta 2017

Tall Ships Regatta 2017

Over the Easter weekend, Greenwich will host the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta 2017.  Marking the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, the event will see a fleet of around 40 large Class A and B Tall Ships set sail past Erith from Greenwich to Quebec, Canada, via Portugal, Bermuda and Boston.

From 13 to 16 April 2017, ships will be anchored at two festival sites in the royal borough – at the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site in Greenwich town centre, and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich.

To find out more about this event, please visit http://www.pla.co.uk/Events/Tall-Ships-Regatta-2017.

Cinema Under The Stars In Erith

Cinema Under The Stars In Erith

On Saturday 26 November over 100 people braved the November weather to enjoy a free pop-up cinema event in the Riverside Gardens last weekend.

Local families got to see festive favourites Home Alone and Gremlins on the big screen, the first of many exciting events planned by Greater Erith Programme for the town centre.

Local café Mambocino’s provided food and drink while the Running Horses pub provided facilities for the filmgoers.

The event was organised with Free Film Festivals and supported by the London Regeneration Fund. The Greater Erith Programme aims to revitalise the town centre, supporting local businesses and attracting shoppers.

We’re keen to hear comments and feedback on the event; email erith@bexley.gov.uk.

Erith Quarry

Erith Quarry

London and Quadrant (L&Q) and Anderson Group are developing the former quarry site in Erith to provide new homes, including townhouses and apartments.

The site will also provide a new state-of-the-art primary school and public spaces.

Visit www.thequarryerith.co.uk for more information.

Erith Park

Erith Park

The Erith Park development by Orbit Homes includes a mix of houses and low rise apartments to rent and for sale including low cost home ownership. The project has also provided a new public open space, opening up access to the Dell.

The development is close to the shopping centre, library, sports centre and public transport links. It also benefits from open space and children’s play facilities.

It won the prestigious Regeneration Project of the Year at the 2016 London Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

Visit www.erithpark.co.uk for more details.

Erith Pop-Up Cinema

Erith Pop-Up Cinema

Erith Riverside Gardens will be hosting an exciting double film screening on Saturday 26 November at a special pop-up cinema event.

 Family favourite Home Alone (certificate PG) will start at 4.30pm followed by Gremlins (certificate 12A) at 6:30pm, with a short break in between. The audience is encouraged to bring their own chairs, cushions and blankets to keep warm and comfortable. Hot food and drink will be available to buy from local chefs and businesses.

 The event has been arranged in association with Free Film Festivals, a not-for-profit volunteer group which aims to bring communities together to enjoy free cinema and celebrate their neighbourhoods.

Future Erith

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Erith Regeneration Programme Erith Links Carnegie Building Erith Baths Erith Park The Quarry

New projects changing the face of Erith.

Erith Regeneration Programme

Erith Regeneration Programme

The Programme

The regeneration of Erith Town Centre will create new coherent predominantly residential riverside communities, which will provide a mix of housing, new and improved business premises, community uses, and public transport improvements within a framework of new residential streets with an improved public realm.

Changes in Erith have already started to take place with the opening of a new London South East Colleges campus in 2014 and with the new developments underway at the former Swimming Baths site and Erith Quarry.

The Council has been successful in securing funding from the Greater London Authority to deliver a number of projects with the objective of making physical improvements to key areas of the town including streets and public areas. Further funding has also been secured from the London Enterprise Panel and Transport for London to stimulate investment in the town centre.

There are significant regeneration and growth projects taking place around Erith. These projects will set the tone for quality development by providing a mix of town centre uses, training and work opportunities and resolving some of the connectivity issues currently blighting the town. Funding from the LEP Growing Places Fund and TfL’s Major Schemes programme  have been secured to help to provide some physical improvements to the area. This project will help to plug some of the gaps by ensuring the outcomes of the physical regeneration result in tangible benefits for the existing and incoming population. The London Regeneration Fund (LRF) will finance major physical improvements to key areas of the town, particularly to the area between the Town Hall and the Post Office. It will also pay for activities designed to re-energise the area and to improve training and job opportunities for local residents. . Whilst the LEP and TfL funding will bring physical growth, the LRF will provide the platform for good growth with the ambition to make Erith a thriving and vibrant town centre once again.

The overall project consists of three interrelated sets of interventions entitled;

  • Physical Environment;
  • Work and Training; and,
  • Accessibility

Each set contains projects which have been designed to address the key issues of a place in transition, building a strong foundation for future projects. Each set complements and enhances the others.

Vision for Erith

The Council’s vision for Erith is to encourage housing and employment growth, allied with the provision of additional services, facilities and infrastructure, including an enhanced educational and leisure offer, to ensure the creation of a sustainable and healthier community. Key elements of this approach are the encouragement of mixed use developments within and around the town centre of high design quality which respect the areas built and natural heritage, improve accessibility, enhance environmental quality and maximise the recreational, ecological and flood management potential of the River Thames.

The regeneration of Erith Town Centre will create new coherent predominantly residential riverside communities, which will provide a mix of housing, new and improved business premises, community uses, and public transport improvements within a framework of new residential streets with an improved public realm.

 

 

Carnegie Building

Carnegie Building

The iconic Carnegie Building in Erith is set to reopen as a £1.6m renovation project has been agreed between the council and a local company, The Exchange Ltd.

The Carnegie Building, in Walnut Tree Road, will become a centre for ‘innovation, creativity, learning and production’ once The Exchange Ltd become new occupiers of the landmark. The local company will take on the building under a lease and partnership agreement with the London Borough of Bexley.

Councillor Linda Bailey, Cabinet member for Regeneration and Growth, said: “We are very pleased to have found three experienced local entrepreneurs who have established The Exchange Ltd to work with us to prepare the building for the next exciting phase in its history.

“We have agreed to co-finance the refurbishment of the building together with the Mayor of London and the new operator, and we believe it will be a powerful demonstration of the ways in which regeneration can benefit the town and its people.”

The Exchange Ltd plans to offer cultural, artistic and designer studios and workshop space for creative businesses to make and sell products.

Deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The redevelopment of the historic Carnegie Building will give it a new lease of life as a community arts hub and events space.

“This milestone is part of wider plans to deliver much-needed new homes, jobs and public space thanks to funding from the Mayor of London and the London Enterprise Action Partnership, in partnership with the London Borough of Bexley.”

The Carnegie is a Grade II listed building. Council officers will work closely with The Exchange Ltd and Historic England to ensure that the refurbishment work is carried out in a way that is sympathetic to the character of the building.

Erith Baths

Erith Baths

London & Quadrant (L&Q) housing association is developing over 70 new homes on the site of the former Erith Swimming Baths, overlooking the River Thames. The site will provide apartments and mews houses for sale and to rent, and flexible retail/commercial space, conveniently located for the town centre, the Riverside Gardens and public transport.

The project consists of the design and construction of 61 residential units distributed over 2 buildings and 4 storeys surrounded by landscape areas. The buildings will comprise of 19 one bedroom flats, 27 two bedroom flats, 4 three bedroom flats, and 11 three bedroom houses, a total of 61 units, together with 43 associated car parking spaces.

The architects appointed for this development are Pollard Thomas Edwards, and the Structural Engineer/M&E are Conisbee.

For more information regarding this development, please contact L&Q.

Erith Park

Erith Park

The regeneration of Erith Park, formerly known as Larner Road, is creating an exciting new community of houses and low rise apartments.

The Erith Park redevelopment by Orbit South Housing Association includes a mix of houses and low rise apartments for rent, private sale and low cost home ownership. The project has also provided a new public open space, opening up access to the Dell.

Visit Erith Park for details of affordable housing at the site.

Orbit are working in partnership with the London Borough of Bexley, Wates Living Space and architects, Broadway Malyan.

The Quarry

The Quarry

Due to launch to the public in 2017, The Quarry is a truly impressive eco-development set to breathe new life into the disused Erith Quarry site which has lain neglected for the past 40 years, and will be transformed into a collection of new homes including 2 bedroom maisonettes, 3 and 4 bedroom terraced houses, 3 and 4 bedroom semi-detached houses and 3 and 4 bedroom detached houses.

With sustainability at its heart, this innovatively designed development will establish high quality, considered living, educational and community spaces which encourage nature and build on the ecology of the site.

It will also become a commuter’s paradise, located just 30 minutes by train from central London and easily accessible for the planned Crossrail line from Abbey Wood and Woolwich stations.

 

Challenging the Perceptions Primary School

The state-of-the-art primary school is The Quarry’s most important landmark, signifying the heart and main entrance to the development.

The footprint of the school will be a pure circular ring. Composed of two storeys, the building will sit comfortably in the landscape, elevated above terraced communal spaces.

It’s design is both bold and inspirational, providing a playful and aspirational environment aimed at motivating pupils to aspire to high standards. The school’s shape maximises natural daylight and ventilation, and provides flexibility of space that will allow a variety of teaching and learning styles. It also lends itself to a much more democratic building arrangement and provides space for a central, external courtyard.

For more information on this development, please visit The Quarry’s website at http://thequarryerith.co.uk/home/

Erith Lighthouse

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Riverside Gardens: 10 – 27 August 2017
Erith Pier: 7 – 24 September 2017

Come and enjoy Erith’s riverside this summer. The Lighthouse is an extraordinary destination for the community that will bring the town back to the Thames and give space to season of food, exploration and play…

Across August and September 17 chefs will host 17 dinners at Erith Lighthouse, creating distinct menus inspired by Erith’s unique riverside location on the border of London and Kent. Each dinner will be a celebration and fusion of London’s exciting food culture and this area’s agricultural heritage.

Alongside the dinners, a six-week programme of family-friendly events in partnership with the best of Erith’s people and places will explore and celebrate the many faces of Erith and this part of the Thames Estuary.

Erith Lighthouse is commissioned by the London Borough of Bexley and funded by the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund as part of Bexley’s Greater Erith Programme that is aimed at reactivating the town centre and making the most of Erith’s unique setting by the River Thames. It has been devised and programmed on their behalf by DK-CM and The Decorators.

Full Programme of Events

Click below to download our full programme of events.

Book for the Lighthouse

DINNERS: To book for dinners, follow the link to our designmynight page.

EVENTS: To book for an event, visit our eventbrite page.

UPDATES: For live updates visit facebook/ErithLighthouse

SOCIAL: Follow us on Instagram @ErithLighthouse

Dinners at Erith Lighthouse

To buy tickets for any of the dinners below visit our booking page here.

September programme of dinners:

Dinner #9 & #10: Adam Rawson
Chef Adam Rawson, was named “Chef of the Year” by Young British Foodies 2015, and cited as ‘London’s Hottest Young Chef’ by the London Evening Standard, and his dishes live up to his reputation. Adam has racked up a steady repertoire of some of London’s most talked about eateries (Pachamama, White Rabbit & Lucky Chip) and has work under leading chefs, (Gordon Ramsay, Nuno Mendes, Claude Bosi and Bjorn van der Horst). Adam’s menu will have an international twist using foraged ingredients from Crayford Marshes.
Friday 08 September, 7.30–10.30pm
Saturday 09 September, 7.30–10.30pm

Dinner #11: Roselitz London
Roselitz London is a farm to table food business committed to sourcing organic produce grown in London. They work directly with market gardens in South-East London, including Keats Community Organics in Bexley. Their vegetarian food offering connects diners to their local food heritage, bringing insight into the quality and richness of London grown produce and the growers who make it happen.
Thursday 14 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #12 & #13: Tiny Leaf
This weekend’s dinners are brought to you as a collaborative effort between Tiny Leaf (London’s first organic, vegetarian, zero waste restaurant) and The Brick Kitchen (a research project with a focus on sustainability lead by chef Sam Hodges). The cross pollination of these two ethical projects promises to be a feast of sustainable food and thought.
Friday 15 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm
Saturday 16 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #14: The Feature Kitchen w/ #lolabcooks
The Feature Kitchen, an innovative pop up takeaway service, hosts a delicious meal crafted by #lolabcooks. After an incredible response on the South coast, Lola is invited again to throw down her amazing African and Caribbean dishes at The Erith Lighthouse.  As a born and bred South Londoner and also a part of the African diaspora, her food combines dishes from her Yoruba heritage with influences gained from the London community. Be prepared for an extra culinary experience with a backdrop of afro-beats and 90s jams.
Thursday 21 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #15: Steve Keilty
Steve Keilty from Woolwich was the runner up in this year’s Masterchef competition. Excited to ignite the food scene in South-east London, he is bringing to Erith Lighthouse his love for experimentation. So expect a menu that plays with flavour combinations and textures of British classics.
Friday 22 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #16: Barm
Erith is a model for change and adaptation, and the challenge faced by all of us to eat sustainably makes this an exciting place to be cooking. Feeding large gatherings of people has given us a warm respect for ingredients that thrive as they are, strong outside a fridge, and grown and picked seasonally. Plant-lead and fermentation forward, we’re bringing lively lookers and fizzers.
Saturday 23 September, 7.30 – 10.30pm

August programme of dinners:

Dinner #1: Steve Keilty
Steve Keilty from Woolwich was the runner up in this year’s Masterchef competition. Excited to ignite the food scene in South-east London, he is bringing to Erith Lighthouse his love for experimentation. So expect a menu that plays with flavour combinations and textures of British classics.
Friday 11 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #2: Tokunbo’s Kitchen
Tokunbo’s Kitchen creates a space for people from all walks of life to enjoy the authentic and vibrant flavours of Nigeria through food. A seat at Tokunbo’s Kitchen will have you feeling like a return to the experience of enjoying a good tasty meal shared with cherished ones. Their menu consists of dishes which are full of spices, flavourful and wholesome, using locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that celebrate both our Nigerian and British heritage.
Saturday 12 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #3: Tiny Leaf
Tiny Leaf is London’d first and only organic, zero waste, vegetarian restaurant. Their menu takes root in organic surplus food stock, generously supplied by local food suppliers and supermarkets, farms, distributors, plant breeders and retailers. Book a seat at the table to join in this food revolution.
Thursday 17 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #4: Kitchen Rituals
Chef Batool Tawfiq is the culinary brains behind Kitchen Rituals. Having worked for Honey & Co. and the Conflict Cafe, she specialises in Jordanian cuisine while looking deeper into how what we eat articulates our identities and highlights what unites us. This dining experience will demonstrate how food not only mirrors a community, but how also it can potentially change it for the better. Join this dinner to contemplate the history of Erith and those that live there through food.
Friday 18 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #5: Roseltiz London
Roselitz London is a farm to table food business committed to sourcing organic produce grown in London. They work directly with market gardens in South-East London, including Keats Community Organics in Bexley. Their vegetarian food offering connects diners to their local food heritage, bringing insight into the quality and richness of London grown produce and the growers who make it happen.
Saturday 19 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #6: The Feature Kitchen
The Feature Kitchen,an innovative pop up take way service, hosts a delicious meal crafted by #lolabcooks. After an incredible response on the South coast, Lola is invited again to throw down her amazing African and Caribbean dishes at The Erith Lighthouse.  As a born and bred South Londoner, Lola describes her food as representing the African diaspora. Her food combines dishes from her Yoruba heritage with influences gained from the Caribbean community. Lola is a medical doctor following her passion for food and launches her own super club ‘Callaloo Kitchen’ in September. Be prepared for an extra culinary experience with a backdrop of afrobeats and 90’s jams.
Thursday 24 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #7: Felix Woodward
Felix likes to offer a menu that reflects the natural rhythms of the seasons and the produce of our places. If we stick to this we can’t go wrong. It’s what’s been given to us to eat! Also keen on fermenting and pickling, expect some sourdough bread, cultured butter and natural pickles to accompany this dinner, plus a tasty collaboration with microbiologist Merlin Sheldrake.
Friday 25 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Dinner #8: Steve Keilty returns

Steve Keilty from Woolwich was the runner up in this year’s Masterchef competition. Excited to ignite the food scene in South-east London, he is bringing to Erith Lighthouse his love for experimentation. So expect a menu that plays with flavour combinations and textures of British classics.
Saturday 26 August, 7.30 – 10.30pm

Our Partners

This programme of dinners and events has been developed in partnership with the best of Erith’s people and places.

The Exchange
The Exchange is an arts organisation based in Erith and working with Bexley Council to deliver a bright new future for the Carnegie Building as a cultural hub for the town. The Lighthouse project provides the exchange with its first significant opportunity to engage with the public and begin the conversation around this exciting project inthe old library.

GCDA
Since 2001 GCDA has been developing food projects which started with the creation of food co-ops and cookery clubs and and over the last fifteen years has grown to now include running restaurants, cafes, food production businesses and many more. GCDA employ specialist staff with knowledge of the food industry to support the creation of local food businesses as a way of tackling social and economic inequality.

Bexley Libraries, Heritage & Archive Service
There are twelve libraries in Bexley borough, including six community managed libraries. The Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre gives access to the borough’s archives so you can trace the history of your family, house, street, district, famous Bexley people, landmarks and events. Erith Library is at 100 Erith High Street.

Our Suppliers

Bexley Brewery – 1 mile
Established in 2014 Bexley Brewery is bringing brewing back to the borough to produce good quality real ales. They are based in the Manford Estate which is only a 15 minute walk from Erith town centre.

My Farmer’s Market – 4 miles
My Farmers Market organises farmers markets in Kent that sell local produce directly from the producers. They host a farmers market at Hall Place in Bexley selling produce from within 30 miles of Bexley the borough.

Keats Community Organics – 5 miles
Keats Community Organics is an organically certified urban farm situated on a five acre plot of land on the edge of a housing estate in Welling. Consisting of a grow to sell site the farm sells produce to restaurants, shops, schools and direct to local people.

Woodlands Farm Trust – 6 miles
Woodlands Farm is a unique city farm as its size of 36ha – which is around the size of 50 football fields- allows it be run as a traditional working farm. They use their fields in Bexley to produce lamb, pork and beef.

Kelsey’s Farm Shop – 6 miles
Kelsey’s Farm Shop at Woollett Hall Farm in Sidcup, Kent is run by Bill and Andree Kelsey. It stocks produce from the couple’s own farm and supports other selected Kent farms too.

Fareshare – 10 miles
FareShare London saves good food from going to waste and takes it to over 200 charities and community groups across the capital, who turn it into meals for Londoners. The food they redistribute is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry.

Further Info

Address for 10 – 27 August:
Erith Lighthouse
Riverside Gardens
Erith DA8 1QY

We have limited capacity at Erith Lighthouse so booking for all events and dinners is essential. To book for an event visit our eventbrite page. To book for a dinner visit our booking page here.

By attending events you agree to be filmed and photographed for publicity purposes. Please let a member of staff know if you prefer otherwise.

We reserve the right to cancel any event at the last minute. Prepaid dinners and events will be fully refunded in this instance.

 

Erith Lighthouse at the pier: 7 – 24 September

Enjoy the sound of all of this or thought you’d missed out, Erith Lighthouse will be returning in September to Erith Pier. Keep an eye out for updates and further information on the Greater Erith website, facebook page, and instagram. A printed programme for September will soon be made available at key locations in Erith such as Erith Library and Bexley College.

Facebook: facebook.com/ErithLighthouse

 

Instagram: @ErithLighthouse

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Erith Conversations

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A series of 1:1 conversations conducted with local residents and businesses.

April Alison

Jerk Chicken, Erith Market

April Alison

April Alison has lived in Erith for 15 years and is a new trader on the Wednesday market selling Jerk Chicken. She loves Erith, ‘the space and quiet that it offers’. Currently she is the only food offer on the market but is excited about the potential for the market to grow with ambitions herself to set up a a Caribbean restaurant in Erith.

‘[Erith is] an up and coming area. I enjoy living here, its quiet, scenery. The people are nice as well. There are so many places to go, I like to relax.’

Lisa Buldock

Forever Living, Erith Market

Lisa Buldock

Lisa sells aloe vera products. Erith Market was a great way for her to promote the brand by having the opportunity to meet new customers face to face

‘It would be great to get markets going again, to help and support small businesses. That’s the best way to do it rather than high street shops.’

Bonita and Ken Chamberlain
Erith & Belvedere Local History Society

Bonita and Ken Chamberlain

Ken and Bonita Chamberlain are founding members of the Erith & Belvedere Local History Society, which has been running since 1973. They were volunteers of the Erith Museum from 2000 up until it closed in 2009. As lifelong Erithians and local historians, Ken and Bonita have a wealth of knowledge on the history and heritage of Erith.

‘No interest to young people is a sign of the times. We are both Erith born and you never went far from the town. Now people move around and do things we never dreamed of doing.’

Lorraine Davidson
The Running Horses

Lorraine Davidson

Lorraine Davidson is the landlady of the Running Horses, a pub with a great riverside location in one of Erith’s last remaining historical buildings.

‘[From the upstairs room of the pub] there is a beautiful view... You can look all over the river, You wouldn’t know you were in Erith, you could be in Chelsea.’

Caroline Field
Orbit Housing

Caroline Field

Caroline headed the community-led regeneration of the Larner Road Estate, discovering moments of delight in the borough during the estate’s transformation to Erith Park.

‘I’ve never heard people complain about the lacking of places to go out at night, this is the landscape they know. It is more me as an outsider asking.’

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2 Watling Street
Bexleyheath
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erith@bexley.gov.uk

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The growth of London over the next 15 to 20 years will bring unprecedented opportunities to the London Borough of Bexley and Erith.

The Council has recently been awarded a significant amount of funding to enable the delivery of the Greater Erith Programme. This is providing opportunities for growth and regeneration in the town, enabling the creation of a new, coherent riverside community with a vibrant and active town centre, exploiting Erith’s unique setting.

The Greater Erith Programme will be the catalyst for the development of an attractive, high quality, residential and mixed-use neighbourhood with commercial and leisure facilities. It will reconnect the town centre to the River Thames and the nearby railway station, and enhance existing open spaces. Developments including the new Bexley College site and the former Swimming Baths site (construction underway) are leading the way to positive renewal in the town centre.

Over coming months, there will be a number of ways for the community, partners, stakeholders, landowners and businesses to get involved. We would love to hear your comments, questions and feedback; you can find our contact details at the top of the page. Keep visiting the Greater Erith site to find out more about the programme and the latest news.

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  1. What is the Erith Programme?

    The Council has recently been awarded significant funding for Erith, which will be used to make much needed improvements to improve the quality of the public areas, make the town centre more pedestrian and cyclist friendly and assist with bringing high quality new housing and shops and activity to the town centre.

  2. How long will the programme last?

    The Erith programme is expected to be delivered over the next 10 years. Elements such as activities around the town centre, public realm works and restoration works at the Carnegie Building will be happen in the first 5 years. The development of new housing, shops and leisure facilities will begin in a second phase from years 5-10. The programme will create the right conditions for further development and investment beyond this.

  3. What changes will we see in the town centre?

    The Council is working hard to attract a number of different retailers and leisure providers to Erith. We hope the current investment will help make Erith a more attractive destination for the commercial sector and make it a more appealing and functional town centre for residents and visitors.

  4. Can the money be spent elsewhere in the area?

    The funding the Council has secured is specifically for this programme. There is not an option to use this funding for any alternative causes within the area.

  5. Will the public get a chance to provide their views?

    The aspirations and comments of local people, community groups and businesses will help shape future activities in the town and design work. A first phase of public engagement was held in July 2016 and there will be further opportunities to give the Council your views.

  6. HOW IS THE COUNCIL DELIVERING THE PROJECT?

    The Council’s project team is working with a number of external professionals who have expertise in design, engineering, consultation and development with a proven track record of working on similar successful schemes across London and the wider UK.

  7. Will the scheme include provision for pedestrians and cyclists?

    Improving accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists is a key objective and will be carefully considered alongside the needs of all users.

  8. Will the Council be considering the needs of wheelchair users, the visually impaired and people using prams?

    We will be actively consulting with these groups to make sure we understand their concerns and issues.

  9. What happens to my feedback once it is received?

    Any comments received, either through informal correspondence or as part of the public events, will be considered by the Council and programme team. Where appropriate, the Council will refine the proposed activities and designs in response to the feedback.

  10. If I can’t make any of the events can I send my comments to you?

    Yes comments can be sent to erith@bexley.gov.uk

  11. What happened to the previous Erith Western Gateway regeneration scheme?

    Due to the global economic crisis, the Council’s development partner, Crest Nicholson, had to pull out of the scheme. That meant that the likelihood of delivering the programme of change that we had consulted people on was very small and so we decided to delay work on that. Instead, focus was put on some smaller and more deliverable schemes, which has resulted in the new Bexley College campus opening and the former Erith Swimming Baths site securing planning permission for a housing scheme.

  12. What is happening on the former Riverside Baths site?

    London & Quadrant (L&Q) housing association is developing over 70 new homes on the site of the former Swimming Baths, overlooking the River Thames.

    The site will provide apartments and mews houses for sale and to rent, and flexible retail/commercial space, conveniently located for the town centre, the Riverside Gardens and public transport.

    Contact L&Q (www.lqgroup.org.uk) for more information

  13. When is work starting at Erith Quarry?

    London and Quadrant (L&Q) and Anderson Group are developing the former quarry site in Erith to provide new homes, including townhouses and apartments.

    The site will also provide a new state-of-the-art primary school and public spaces.

    The developers are planning to start phase 1 works on site in Summer 2016. It is estimated that the primary school will be completed by September 2018.

    Visit www.thequarryerith.co.uk for more information.

  14. What is happening with the Council’s Growth Strategy?

    The Council is producing a Growth Strategy for the borough to guide the delivery of new, high quality homes and jobs in the borough. It will also consider how we can secure bring benefits to transport connectivity, economic prosperity and provide opportunities for people to increase their skills. Public consultation on the emerging vision for growth was undertaken in 2014. In June 2015 the Council and the Greater London Authority jointly published a Direction of Travel document, which explains the process being undertaken to develop the Growth Strategy, and the approach to working with developers and landowners. Residents and businesses will have an opportunity to comment on the draft Growth Strategy.

  15. Is Crossrail coming to Erith?

    With Crossrail coming to Abbey Wood in 2017, the borough will gain a valuable new transport link that the Council is keen to see extended. We are working with a range of partners to develop the case for Crossrail 1 to be extended from Abbey Wood to to Ebbsfleet/Gravesend (C2G) to support growth and regeneration throughout the corridor.

  16. Are there any plans to introduce step free access at Erith station?

    The significant changes in level around Erith station mean that the London-bound platform 1 can only be accessed via the pedestrian bridge from platform 2. As a result, wheelchair users and people with pushchairs travelling towards London are unable to get to platform 1 and must either use the circular weekday route trains or travel to Dartford and use the lifts there. The Council is therefore keen to secure an “accessible route” from the station entrance to platform 1.

    Network Rail manages and controls all projects and improvements on the railway through a process called Governance for Railway Investment Projects (GRIP). Current funding is allocated up to 2019. To support the Council’s aspiration, consultants were commissioned to carry out an Option Selection Process, which forms part of the GRIP process. This will enable the Council to lobby Network Rail in the future or to consider other funding options.

  17. Is Erith Market going to continue?

    We hope so. The trial period for the market launched in March and finished in July 2016. While it enjoyed some successes, it proved difficult to establish it as a weekly event in Erith for a number of reasons.

    We feel this gives us a good opportunity to evaluate the lessons learned from the trial period and assess it in light of the feedback received. There will be a temporary break for the market and we will be working with key partners to re-launch a market in the future – watch this space!

  18. Are you planning to do any work to redevelop Riverside Gardens?

    No, retaining the open space at Riverside Gardens remains a key priority for the Council.

  19. What is happening to the Carnegie Building?

    The Council is committed to retaining the iconic Carnegie Building and bringing it back into use in line with the Carnegie Institute principles. We are working to secure its refurbishment and to find a use that reinforces its historic educational heritage.

  20. What is happening to the vacant units at Parkspring Court?

    A gym has now opened in one of the units and the Council is exploring opportunities for filling the other vacant units.

  21. What is being done about the traffic?

    The Council is currently working with Transport for London (TfL) to develop a scheme for Erith which will improve movement in the town centre for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. During the preparation stages, we will be talking to the community to get their views.

  22. What is happening with the Erith Riverside Shopping Centre?

    Evolve Estates have recently been confirmed as the new owners of the shopping centre. The Council is hoping to work with Evolve over the coming months to understand their plans for the town centre and see where we can support them to make positive changes

  23. What is being knocked down and when?

    A series of regeneration projects are in planning phase at the moment and the community will be given the opportunity to comment on any proposals at the appropriate time.