Charges for Parking in Eltham High Street


This is one of the recent consultations which invited residents of Eltham to give their views. The Council is proposing to make changes to the parking arrangements in Eltham High Street, which include changing from half-hour short-stay bays to one-hour bays, for which there will be a charge, paid for by mobile phone. The introduction of a charge is in line with other areas and to recover the cost of supervision. This consultation was suspended and, at the date of this article (28th March 2012), the website editor has no further information. I suggest that interested people contact the Council through Paul Smith (020 8921 2284) or Peter Thorne (020 8921 3983) to find out more.


Future Planning Policy

Greenwich Council is preparing a new planning policy document called the Core Strategy. It will replace existing planning policies and the Council will use it to help shape development and determine all planning applications in the Borough. Policies are included on a range of topics: Housing, Economic activity and employment, Town centres, Design and heritage, Open space, Environment and climate change, Cohesive and healthy communities, Infrastructure including transport. Key features of the proposed strategy are explained in a document called the “Draft Core Strategy” which may be viewed online (at or in printed form at any library or at Crown Building in Woolwich. You can view and comment on any of the topics that you want to. There will also be workshops on the topics covered and the Council are looking for people with particular knowledge to get involved in them. There are also a series of exhibitions coming up across the Borough where you can speak to the Council in person or get more information. Only one is in Eltham, at the Eltham Centre Library on Saturday 15th January 2011 between 10am and 2pm. For more information, you can contact the Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 0208 921 5343. Please take this opportunity to shape the future of your local Borough.


Eltham Lights Up 2011


This year’s event will take place on 17th November. Eltham High Street will be closed to traffic from 4 to 8pm. There will be live music and entertainment from 4.30 and the lights will be switched on at 6. Some shops will stay open late and there will be stalls in Passey Place selling produce and craft work from 9am to 7.30pm. The fire station will be open from 4.30 to 7pm. Please come and support our annual spectacle.


Great Get Together with Armed Forces Day

his was a splendid day, notable for lots of interesting displays, entertainment and stalls dispensing useful information. It was very well attended. CERA always tries to go to these events because we know that we will be able to improve our knowledge of what’s going on in the borough and gather information to pass on to our members. The attendance of a wide range of people from the services, both active and veterans, added both excitement and dignity.


Shopping in Eltham aided by ACE web site

The Town Centre web portal run by the Association of Commerce for Eltham (ACE) Can be found at Shoppers can subscribe to the site for free in order to receive periodic emails on all the current special offers on offer from members of ACE. This is a great way of supporting local shops in our Town Centre.


London Open House weekend

Look out for news about this year’s programme for the annual Open House weekend, which gives people the opportunity to view examples of architecture all over London. See a host of both old and modern buildings and open spaces which are not normally open to the public. The date is the weekend of 18/19th September. Watch out for the booklet at libraries in due course or see the website “”.


Supporting local businesses

For some years, CERA has maintained a list of businesses that have been recommended by its members. We pass the names on to other members who are looking for particular trades. This is similar to the scheme more recently started by the Consumer Association magazine Which?, which allows CA members to nominate and find local traders, including some in SE9. Anyone can nominate someone to go on our list. Please submit their name and contact details via the “Contact Us” page on this website. Make sure you have asked and received their permission before you do so. Anyone can send in names but only CERA members will be able to retrieve them. The information will be available by phone or e-mail from the addresses on the “Contact Us” page. Please remember that CERA will not hold any responsibility for the validity of the recommendation nor for the trader’s work. We always advise you to obtain three quotes and to make a thorough assessment before placing your order for works.


Docklands Light Railway coming to Eltham?


We’ve been waiting for this proposal ever since the DLR arrived at Woolwich Arsenal last year. No confirmation as to whether it will happen, or whether there is a better alternative, for example a link into the Jubilee Line. Either one could be good news for Eltham. A feasibility study is being prepared and we will keep you posted.


Public Transport - The East London Line


For many years, London Underground used to operate this railway between New Cross + New Cross Gate and Shoreditch. It is now part of Transport for London’s Overground system and has just been extended and very thoroughly modernised. Our nearest station is New Cross from where trains now run northward via Shoreditch to Dalston Junction. From nearby New Cross Gate station, they also run up to Dalston but also southward to Crystal Palace and West Croydon. The revamped line gives connections with National Rail and the Underground at several places. Further extensions are planned, from Dalston Junction to Highbury & Islington and from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction. Unfortunately, it’s not coming to Eltham. We were told some years ago that there was insufficient capacity over existing railway tracks from New Cross towards us.


Avery Hill Park

The replacement café and toilets are complete and open. The design is far removed from the previous building but it certainly seems popular and the inside seating is a welcome retreat from wintry weather. Work on the Winter Garden is also progressing. Some of our members would like to see a return of the once-adjacent putting green plus easier access to the park along the Green Chain Walk from Conduit Meadows and Butterfly Lane, also from New Eltham. Let us know if you feel similarly and we will pass it on to Friends of the park. Some of our members have also been worried by the number of loose dogs near the café/playground area and along the approach walks. We will be keeping an eye on this on their behalf.


Friars Mews

We were among the objectors to an application for planning permission to build some family-size houses on a small plot of land amid this tranquil area, which has been designated as a nature reserve. Greenwich Council rejected the scheme but the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. We sent an objection to the inquiry and we are pleased that the council’s decision has been upheld. We've also received a "thank you" letter from the residents of Friars Mews, expressing the hope that they can now continue their peaceful way of life there.