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Added on: 23rd September, 2017 by Derek Hope - Kent Photonews
Coplan Estates Ltd have held an exhibition at the Holy Trinity Church on Station Road, minutes away from an area close to Sidcup station, where they propose to build three high-rise blocks at the Co-Op site. Sidcup residents were invited to see the plans and view computer generated images of how the development would look.
Now two petitions have been mounted and already have over 1700 signatures added, asking Bexley Council not to allow the development. One by Luke Cashin already has1,063 signatures on Change.org and his appeal has been shared thousands of times on Facebook. Luke, aged 19, a student studying geography at university said “I started this petition to give the people of Sidcup and the surrounding area a platform to voice their opinions and views and also raise awareness of the proposed development; as many individuals in the area had not been notified of the plans before. Sidcup has seen vast high rise development in recent years and Bexley Council need to finally listen to the people, and stop these hideous buildings from being built.”
Another petition started by Tom Monks on you.38degrees.org.uk seeks to keep the music scene in Sidcup alive as although the Iron Horse pub and music venue is not planned to be taken down, the landlady Julie Crabb who has been running the pub and music venue for three years said “How dare they have the audacity to say The Iron Horse won’t be affected. I’m thinking about where my customers are going to park. One of the blocks, which CGI images show towering above The Iron Horse pub could rise up to 14-storeys, though developers say plans are in their infancy, and that the development will have no impact on The Iron Horse. Nearly half of all live music venues in London have closed down in the last ten years, mainly due to flats being developed next to them and new neighbours complaining about noise that has been there for years before them. If these plans are approved, these developers will make a profit out of robbing the town of an evergrowing scene of arts and culture - which is attracting people to our town way more than another block of flats would”.
Most of the comments left on the petition sites mainly concern the strain on the infrastructure of the town, the lack of an A&E department at Queen Mary’s Hospital, overcrowded schools, gridlocked road system and difficulty getting doctor’s appointments.
The flats came in for a lot of criticism when residents saw the computer generated images of how the scheme might look. “Hideous” – Michelle Burman “Very ugly building” – Denise Spring “Monstrosity” – Susanne Turner “Concrete jungle” – Judith Brown – “Hideous eyesores” – Amanda Stitson “Enough is enough” – Christine Pearce and “A total blight – Yvonne Browne
Another petition to allow the development has been started by Paul Martin and by October 23rd had 20 signatures.
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Coplan Estates Ltd say “The site currently provides little in the way of vitality and vibrancy to the town, comprising a large open expanse of surface car parking, and an unattractive frontage building. As such, it provides a great opportunity to bring about the regeneration of this area of the town.
“We value the opinions of local residents and businesses and encourage feedback on the outlined plans.”
You can learn more of the plans at www.wyg.com/consultations/station-road-sidcup