Just two days left to have say on Greenwich council plan to sell green space near Blackwall Tunnel

By Lachlan Leeming, Local Democracy Reporter

Residents have just two days left to have their say on a controversial plan by Greenwich council to sell-off a small parcel of green land near the mouth of Blackwall Tunnel.

The scheme to sell off the patch of land, known as the Rose Garden, re-emerged earlier this month when the authority published a notice of disposal in a hyper-local Greenwich publication.

It’s the second time the council has attempted to offload the land.

The authority had previously given its blessing to sell in 2015 but nothing ever came of the proposals.

However five years later the council appears to be pursuing another tilt at ditching the area, which sits snugly at the junction of Blackwall Lane and Tunnel Avenue.

With a small set of rose bushes and several grown trees, the small field offers a welcome green break in an otherwise built-up area.

Councils are legally required to give formal notice when they are considering disposing of land and are obliged to consider public responses to proposals.

Unusually, the authority says it is only accepting written submissions, with a deadline of this Thursday.

Greenwich posted its initial notice on September 2, giving residents just over two weeks to have their say on the matter.

Peninsula ward Labour councillor Chris Lloyd has indicated he would formally oppose the move.

His Labour colleague and Greenwich West ward member Aidan Smith also tweeted saying #SaveTheRoseGarden.

Cllr Lloyd encouraged constituents to email him with their feedback so he could print and submit their views to the council.

Cllr Lloyd’s email is chris.lloyd@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

Respondents looking to have their say on the proposal are required to submit their feedback by post addressed to The Woolwich Centre, Wellington Street, London SE18 6HQ, quoting the reference “Blackwall Lane”.

Pictured top: The Greenwich Rose Garden

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