Construction work for the regeneration of Erith Pier Square has now recommenced following a delay due to the non - arrival of some custom made granite blocks, that have now finally arrived on site, which you can see in the lower of the three photos above - click on any one to see a larger view. Thanks to Erith Councillor Nicola Taylor, who sent me the following update from Bexley Council:- "I am emailing with an update on Erith Pier Square following our recent correspondence. Works have recommenced at Erith Pier Square as of Monday. All of the granite sets have now been delivered, Riney plan on installing as much as they can this week. I’ve attached a couple of photos. We’re expecting a delay of around 4 to 6 weeks which brings completion of the scheme to late Feb/March but will let you know if there are any further changes". Work to Pier Square has been somewhat controversial. Several mature and healthy trees were cut down and removed from site at the start of reconstruction work. A number of readers contacted me about this at the time. I am unable to say why the council's contractors did not uproot the trees carefully and have them relocated if they could not be left in situ. This did not start the reconstruction work on a very good footing and from the feedback I've heard, the previous Goodwill from local residents was somewhat dented by this unnecessary activity. Activity. The delays to the continuation of the work after Christmas and New Year is more understandable. From what I understand, the custom-made granite stone blocks, which are to form an integral part of the new design of the square, were delayed in transit from the EU. These are now on site, and work is progressing. Unfortunately, due to this delay, the site will now not be open to the public until late February or early March. Nevertheless, when it is finished I think it should be a very welcome addition to the area around the entrance to Erith Pier.
The end video this week is a bit of history; it is a short film following the route of the route 698 Trolleybus on its journey from Woolwich to Bexleyheath via Plumstead, Abbey Wood, Lower Belvedere, Erith and Barnehurst in the early Spring of 1959. It makes for fascinating viewing. Do give it a watch and then let me know what you think by Emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.