War memorial improvement works at Steeple Gardens
PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:23 21 January 2015
Access to the memorial will be better after the work
Plans are underway to improve the War memorial park in Bexleyheath.
The gardens are mainly known as a pedestrian route to and from the Broadway from Oaklands Road. However, this small area has a wealth of local history and potential to provide a quality open space for Bexleyheath town centre.
The site was the location of the first church in Bexleyheath, the predecessor to the current Christ Church in the broadway. It is also the site of the town’s War Memorial and garden of remembrance for those people who lost their lives fighting for their country across many conflicts, as well as local civilians killed in the blitz of the Second World War.
The project has been made possible thanks to a £40,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s pocket park scheme.
The aim of a pocket park is to provide people in town and city centres with green space to relax and escape from the busy urban environment.
Cabinet member for community safety and leisure, Alex Sawyer said: “Despite being part of a busy town centre these small gardens can be quite easily overlooked.
“This is a real shame for somewhere with such rich historical meaning for our town. These funds will allow us to improve access to and from the town centre and will significantly enhance the setting of the Memorial making it easier for those in wheelchairs or who are less able, to get closer to it during remembrance services.”
Public access to the south part of the gardens (the old Cemetery) will be maintained throughout the works as will access to Tenpin’s Bowling Centre.
Pedestrians heading between Oaklands Road and the Broadway will at times be diverted around the park.
For more information call 020 8303 7777 and ask for the Parks and Open Spaces Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org