Last chance for £1.3m street revamp proposal

PUBLISHED: 18:34 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:23 25 August 2010

VILLAGERS have been offered a final chance to accept a £1.3 million package to revamp their high street.

VILLAGERS have been offered a final chance to accept a £1.3 million package to revamp their high street.

After Belvedere residents snubbed proposals to revamp Nuxley Road in fear they would kill off trade, Bexley council launched a second consultation, due to end next Tuesday.

But traders say they are poised to reject the new plans as they claim it would still require Nuxley Road to be closed to traffic during the 18-month project.

Raj Vara, owner of Nuxley DIY, said: "The council are being very deceptive about this. None of their literature says that the road could be closed off for months.

"If there's no traffic coming down Nuxley Road we will go out of business.

"I have seen a grown man cry over the situation here. He has had to remortgage his home to make ends meet until he can get out of his lease.

"What will happen to him if these plans go ahead?"

Pavements, roads, CCTV, lighting and trees would all be improved under the proposals.

The original plans to axe more than a quarter of the road's 36 parking bays, used by residents to nip into shops, have now been toned down.

Peter Craske, the council's member for transport, said that traders' claims that the village would be shut for months were "completely untrue".

He said: "There has got to be some disruption, but at the end of the day it will mean the village is better.

"It's good that people are debating the issue properly, but this money is not from the council, it's from Transport for London.

"People now have a choice, yes or no. If they vote no then that's the end of it. It's entirely in their hands."

Bexley council had to bid for a one-off sum from Transport for London to fund the proposed changes.

But residents and traders said they would rather have no money than allow dramatic changes to the village.

Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin said: "People felt the proposals they were consulted on months ago were rather different from the finalised ones presented to them."

The council has sent 2,000 leaflets to homes in the area, double the number sent in the last consultation.

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For more information call traffic and road safety manager Aurang Zeb on 020 8308 7858.

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