Transforming Erith

There’s a lot going on in Erith over the next few months – see below to find out more.

Following the success of the Erith Lighthouse, which had almost 7,000 visitors over the summer, Erith continues to be a key area of focus for lots of activity designed to help the town centre thrive.

Lengard, a specialist refurbishment and heritage contractor, have been appointed to undertake the restoration of the interior of the Carnegie building. The scaffolding around the building is now complete and works to start cleaning the outside of the building have begun.

There has been lots of positive feedback from members of the public, who were able to go inside the Carnegie building for the first time in many years at the end of October, when an open day was held by the Exchange Ltd, the local arts organisation working on the project with the Council. The building will re-open to the public in Spring 2018 as a community arts and events space.

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth said:
“Erith is one of the main locations we expect to benefit from our ambitious growth plans, with an ongoing programme of regeneration aimed at developing the area into a thriving riverside community. We have big aspirations for the town and we are starting to see them become a reality”.

Preparatory work to improve the public space in and around Erith station has begun. This will have no impact on people using the station. The main improvement works will then begin in January 2018 and will include redesigning the public space to create better pedestrian, cycling and vehicle access. The station entrance will be upgraded, with better signage and plants making the area more attractive. Public seating, lighting and cycle stands will also be added.

The improvements in Erith are being funded by London Borough of Bexley and partners, including Transport for London and the Mayor of London. The aim is to create an active town centre that can make the most of Erith’s unique setting by the River Thames.

The above is taken from London Borough of Bexley news items.

Works have to prepare the site for January 2018.

Look out for the artist’s impression of the finished site!

Works have begun at the Carnegie Building to restore the lower ground floor ready for opening in Spring/Summer 2018!

Look out for the Greater Erith signs at the Carnegie Building