Works to transform a public footpath which links two of Thamesmead’s leading tourist attractions, Lesnes Abbey ruins and Crossness Pumping Station are to begin on Monday 16 February.
The Green Link is the Peabody Group’s first major investment project to take place since arriving in Thamesmead in 2014. The works will transform the pathway which connects Lesnes to Crossness into a safe and well-used area, offering new footpaths, play facilities, street furniture, shrubs and trees whilst providing an easily accessible, quality green open space for residents as well as an improved habitat for wildlife to thrive.
Peabody’s Chief Executive, Stephen Howlett said: “We are delighted works to improve the pathway connecting Lesnes to Crossness are about to begin. Once completed, the area which is currently both undervalued and underused, will be able to reach its full potential as an aesthetically pleasing green open space, offering a fully accessible, fun area to families and individuals which we hope they will be proud of.”
Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer for the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to provide support for the play facilities on the Green Link that will be used by local residents, schoolchildren and walkers using the route.”
A master plan for the project and a detailed design for the first phase of works was developed by the Peabody Group after a consultation process undertaken with local residents and stakeholders.
No public access will be available between Abbey Way North which connects Southmere Lake and Yarnton Way or across the site during the 20-week development plan. Residents in the local vicinity have been contacted and maps highlighting alternative routes supplied.
The Green Link is funded by Gallions Housing Association
who are part of the Peabody Group (£805k), Greater London Authority
(£300k) and London Marathon Charitable Trust
Residents wishing to find out more about the developments should contact Amanda-Jayne Doherty, E: firstname.lastname@example.org