Welcome for Greenwich Park Access Study

Blackheath Westcombe Conservative Councillor Geoff Brighty has welcomed a proposed study by Greenwich Council and Royal Parks into a variety of issues affecting Greenwich Park's Blackheath Gate in Charlton Way.

He said "I am pleased that a study has been commissioned as there are a number of issues which have been around for a long time and need addressing.  I have been pressing the Council on coach parking in Charlton Way for example.  This is currently free and heavily used by tourist, and some commuter, coaches - one of the only tourist attraction areas in London where on-street parking is free for coaches.  Charging has to be an option or the use of a dedicated coach park elsewhere.

I have also raised with the Council the future of the long disused toilet block by the pond just outside Blackheath Gate,for which Crown Estates have some responsibility,  and I am glad this is also included in the study. "

Other important issues to be looked at are the conflict between cyclists and vehicles outside Blackheath Gate, pedestrian access to the park and the use of Duke Humphrey Road.  The study is due to report in a couple of months and to provide suggestions for possible improvements and solutions.

Cllr Brighty has also asked if the study could include the Tea Hut which is located close to the Blackheath Gate area, though just over the Borough boundary in Lewisham, where these are concerns about parking and the state of the surface of the Heath.