Hundreds petition for regeneration of 'neglected' Eltham estate shops The Mound

Conservative Cllr John Hill has collected 642 signatures for a petition to 'Mend The Mound' shopping parade, pictured with residents Victor Clark, Linda Winslow, Amber Weadock, 7, Matt Hartley, Janet Wainwright

Empty shops at The Mound

Empty shops at The Mound

Janet Wainwright

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A PETITION of more than 600 signatures is calling for the regeneration of a "neglected" Eltham shopping parade which used to be the "heart" of the community.

Empty shops, poor lighting, and a lack of CCTV are some of the problems residents want tackled at The Mound shopping area off the Coldharbour Estate.

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The ‘Mend The Mound’ petition of 642 signatures was collected by Conservative councillors and handed in to Greenwich Council calling for investment in an area where some shops have stood empty for around four years and residents feel unsafe in the evenings.

There are calls for stores such as a greengrocers, butchers, bakers, and even a fish and chips shop, for the once "thriving" area whose large elderly population currently have to travel to do much of their shopping.

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Janet Wainwright, who spent her youth playing on the estate and lives nearby off Montbelle Road, said: "It is the core of Coldharbour Estate. I used to use them all the time. Gradually. one by one they went.

"There are just corner shops now and the heart has been taken out.

"It will benefit so many people if they had more shops there and would improve the lives of many residents, especially the elderly."

The 66-year-old mother-of-two said the problem started with people not feeling safe around the shops but this could be solved with improved lighting.

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Chairman of Coldharbour and New Eltham Conservatives Councillor John Hills, said: "We have had an overwhelming response from Coldharbour residents.

"The Mound used to be a thriving shopping area, and it can be again. It's time the council listened to local people and ended its neglect of our part of the borough."

He went on to say the council should lower the rent rates to tempt more people to set up shop at The Mound where there are currently six empty stores.

A Greenwich Council spokeswoman said: "As with any petition presented to the council, this matter will be given full consideration and reported back to council. We thank the residents for presenting their petition."

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1:25pm Mon 6 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

If it is an estate then I don't think the shop owners will last long as they will be robbed every day.
If it is an estate then I don't think the shop owners will last long as they will be robbed every day. white rabbit9
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2:28pm Mon 6 Jan 14

marie631 says...

I live here from 1955 until 1981 the Mound was a lovely grassed communal area were children could play and older people could sit and chat, there was a high brick wall and steps at one end and a low wall the other.
I think that the council spoilt it by building flats across one side that started the decline of the area as it split a road in two with locked gates this made the area dark ugly and ghetto like.
I'm sure that they could have built the elderly residents a much nicer block on the estate this building is still dark and depressing.
And now they have built on the Royal pub ground it is even worse, so glad I had the best years on Coldharbour now feel sorry for anyone that has to live in that area of the estate so glad I am out of there.

Marie Freemantle
I live here from 1955 until 1981 the Mound was a lovely grassed communal area were children could play and older people could sit and chat, there was a high brick wall and steps at one end and a low wall the other. I think that the council spoilt it by building flats across one side that started the decline of the area as it split a road in two with locked gates this made the area dark ugly and ghetto like. I'm sure that they could have built the elderly residents a much nicer block on the estate this building is still dark and depressing. And now they have built on the Royal pub ground it is even worse, so glad I had the best years on Coldharbour now feel sorry for anyone that has to live in that area of the estate so glad I am out of there. Marie Freemantle marie631
  • Score: 16

2:40pm Mon 6 Jan 14

marie631 says...

Maybe Greenwich council would find it more beneficial to let all of the shops close, compulsory purchase the flats from residents living above them and then sell the Mound to a property developer at a huge profit or am I just being cynical?

Marie631
Maybe Greenwich council would find it more beneficial to let all of the shops close, compulsory purchase the flats from residents living above them and then sell the Mound to a property developer at a huge profit or am I just being cynical? Marie631 marie631
  • Score: 7

5:09pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Biffo. says...

If Janet Wainwright played her cards right.

not 'arf.
If Janet Wainwright played her cards right. not 'arf. Biffo.
  • Score: 21

8:06pm Mon 6 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

I think that the council spoilt it by building flats across one side that started the decline of the area as it split a road in two with locked gates this made the area dark ugly and ghetto like.

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Same as a lo of council estates, the reason was to to give people work. The system has to keep people working so stupid ideas are always thought of as a good idea. Talk about wasting money, but the system is designed to work the way it does for means that suit the manipulators.
I think that the council spoilt it by building flats across one side that started the decline of the area as it split a road in two with locked gates this made the area dark ugly and ghetto like. -------------------- -------------------- -------------------- -- Same as a lo of council estates, the reason was to to give people work. The system has to keep people working so stupid ideas are always thought of as a good idea. Talk about wasting money, but the system is designed to work the way it does for means that suit the manipulators. white rabbit9
  • Score: 1

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