Clive joined the Eltham South police safer neighbourhood team and local residents on a walkabout at Grove Market Place in central Eltham. All of the shops are now empty in the precinct and only a handful of the flats are occupied.
The owners of the site have outlying planning permission to redevelop the site. Clive is keen for the area to be brought back into use as soon as possible. “This is a key site for Eltham Town Centre. The developers need to come to an agreement with the last few remaining residents and the Midland Bank who are still on the site and then redevelop the area.”
In the meantime, the walkabout looked at ways of making the site secure and safe before the work begins. The police will remain in touch with the owners to ensure that the site does not attract crime and antisocial behaviour. A gate has already been erected to stop vehicles from accessing the site and flytipping.