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Residents rally against “lack of consultation” on Woolwich Leisure Centre move

Residents and businesses have claimed they’ve been left out of the loop by council plans to relocate the Woolwich Leisure Centre.

The comments came during a meeting of Greenwich Council’s cabinet, where members approved a proposal to continue the relocation of the centre to a new premises facing General Gordon Square.

The move could see a council housing block, pub and other businesses along Vincent Road knocked down for the leisure centre and new housing.

The proposals have drawn the ire of some residents of Troy Court, a council housing block for people aged over 55, which faces being demolished.

The Wilko site on General Gordon Square, where the new Woolwich Leisure Centre is set to move
The Wilko site on General Gordon Square, where the new Woolwich Leisure Centre is set to move. Photo: ‘News Shopper’

Addressing cabinet members ahead of their vote, one long-term resident, who has lived at the property for 22 years, claimed they “haven’t been consulted at all”.

His views were echoed by a representative from community group Speak Out Woolwich, who said the plans “felt like a kick in the stomach” for residents.

While the council did a door knock of Troy Court residents in September last year to talk about the plans, the speaker rejected that this meant they had been “consulted”.

“They don’t think they’ve been consulted at all – they think your officers have knocked on the door and told them to go,” she said…

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