The Art Deco Co-Op on Powis Street, Woolwich is a well-loved local landmark, sadly earmarked for demolition by Greenwich Council, despite recommendations by English Heritage that it is a vital part of the townscape and worth preserving. The building does not meet criteria for listing, but it is a fine example of art deco and is a vital part of the west end of Powis Street, which includes other buildings of the period that are occupied and thus safe. The Co-Op is a vital part of Woolwich's "Art Deco Quarter" and the shell, at least, should be preserved and recycled in the planned Woolwich Triangle development rather than demolished. Greenwich Council have now assured me that the petition will be included in the planning decision. Now I know this I will also be starting a paper petition.
As a resident of Woolwich, I was infurated by the demolition of the General Gordon Post Office, and the rather poor excuse as to why such a descision was given the go ahead.
The lifeless, poorly designed open space that leads up to the new Tesco supermarket lacks any character whatsoever.
Now to hear that the goregous art-deco building, formerly home to the Co-Op, is, as I feared, not safe from the mighty force of 'redelveopment' it leaves one feeling rather depressed that another piece of true craftmenship will be lost to yet another of these disgusting indistinguishable lumps of so-called architechure that are spouting up all over London like Japanese Knot Weed.
It was not Jerry that Woolwich should have feared, but rather the current administration overseeing this wreckless destruction of the things that once gave Woolwich a soul.
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