Daniel Francis is a Belvedere resident and councillor
PUBLISHED: 18:18 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010
EVERYONE in Belvedere is talking about Bexley council s plans for the regeneration of the village.
EVERYONE in Belvedere is talking about Bexley council's plans for the regeneration of the village. Traders and residents have organised two packed public meetings and are drawing up proposals showing the changes they wish to see made to the plans.
I support the majority of the proposals but there are two aspects of the scheme which are causing considerable concern. First, the council needs to drop its proposal to open up a walkway linking the council car park to Albany Road. Residents in Albany and Alfred roads have suffered in recent years from anti-social behaviour and the introduction of a cut-through will only add to the likelihood of such problems.
Second, the council needs to ensure there is no loss of parking spaces within Nuxley Road. Councillor Peter Craske denied that 12 spaces would be lost when I questioned him at the last full council meeting. Traders, however, are adamant that the plans show the loss of a large number of spaces. Residents are rightly concerned that the loss of parking may lead to the decline of the village and the strong sense of community which we share.
As the scheme will be implemented over 18 months, the council should delay any works to Nuxley Road until 2009. That will give it time to work constructively with traders to develop acceptable parking arrangements and allow a scheme that has support to go ahead.