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Don’t let our village die’

PUBLISHED: 17:16 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 25 August 2010

SHOPPER: Graham Moon.

SHOPPER: Graham Moon.

TRADERS have warned that that their village could die if regeneration proposals get the go ahead.

TRADERS have warned that that their village could die if regeneration proposals get the go ahead.

Nuxley Road traders in Belvedere Village fear proposals to remove parking spaces will impact on their businesses.

The £1.3 million plans by Transport for London (TfL) include improving access to a central car park at the cost of parking bays in Nuxley Road.

Raj Vara, owner of Nuxley DIY for 22 years, said: "This is a stop and shop area. People don't want to park their car any longer than to nip into the shops.

"If they go ahead with their proposals it will kill the village.

"I don't know if I would go bust but I would not think twice about packing up."

The regeneration plans also include improvements to pavements and roads, new CCTV, bus stops, trees, street lighting and cycle parking.

But concerns about the proposals were shared by residents and shoppers in Nuxley Road last Saturday.

Civil Servant Jo Rees, 44, of Kentish Road, Belvedere, said: "I usually drive to the shops here and I know most elderly shoppers wouldn't like to walk up Picardy Road to get here.

Shopper Graham Moon, (pictured) 72, of Erith Road, said: "They are talking about a reduction of spaces and improved access to the car park.

"But if you are disabled like my wife, Freda, who has arthritis, you need on street parking."

The plans are expected to be implemented over 18 months and the council maintains that it is listening to the concerns of traders and residents.

A public meeting is to be held with traders to try and resolve the rift on Thursday, September 4, at 7.30pm at Belvedere Baptist Church, Nuxley Road.

Peter Craske, the council's member for transport, will attend the meeting.

He said: "To set the record straight, Bexley's Conser-vative council has secured over one million pounds to spend solely in Belvedere Village, the first time money on this scale has ever been invested in this key area. It would be a major disappointment to lose this opportunity."

To see the proposals visit www.bexley.gov.uk/news/pdfs/2008/belvedere_village_regen-plan.pdf.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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