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Woolwich buying a flat connuagh way  

i use to live in the army houses juat a few yard ,s away and it it is very ruff lots of one pareny familys and a lot of unemployed young crowed so i would say a no no buy in the new arsnal same distance

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Woolwich Regeneration of Town Centre  

I am so looking forward to the opening of Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station opening in early 2009 and the new Civic Centre building and of course the new Tesco store which will follow to compliment the existing Sainsburys, Somerfield and Lidl stores as Woolwich needs them all.
I hope other shops and businesses in the area will also be given a face lift and a lick of paint to brighten up Woolwich Town Centre.
Finally I hope bus services will be improved to provide fast direct links to and from Woolwich Arsenal Mainline and DLR Stations so the new station will be fully intergrated with local bus services.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Samatha Harrison 11 Oct
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Woolwich  

Lets hope that a lot of like minded people will encourage the regeneration - Im a bit concerned about the costings in the current crisis :(

Are there lay people groups in Woolwich who are lobbying for all these changes?

Post reply -->London Woolwich 18 Oct
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Woolwich Shops  

I would like to see Woolwich Town Centre become a proper town Centre again with shops open until about 8pm Monday to Saturdays and 10 -4 or 11-5 on Sundays so people can shop after work or at the weekends. People travel to out of town stores as the local town centre shops are closed when the want to shop after work or weekends and local shops loose business. Lets hope this will be looked at as part of the Woolwich Town Centre regeneration scheme.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Hannah 26 Sep
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Woolwich Woolwich on the up!  

It's unfortunate that the "University of Greenwich" has abandoned it's original site. This town used to be full of little Cafes' and resteraunts that catered for the Students and which I liked. I'm not sure how I view the departure or the RA, they were an integral part of this town but could cause problems of a weekend.

The town is on the up. Greenwich council is spending a lot on regeneration and, with the redevelopment of the Arsenal, Professionals are moving in. This can only be good for the area.

Post reply -->London Woolwich andy.john.grant@live.co.uk 8 Dec
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Woolwich DLR  

The DLR Station at Woolwich Arsenal will really benefit Woolwich Town Centre and the local area. As will the Pedestrian area on Greens End and General Gordon Place which will be a nice area in the centre of Woolwich Town Centre for people to enjoy while visting Woolwich. Yes like any area there are a few people who try to spoil things for others but they can be dealt with. On the whole Woolwich is on the way up and I look forward to the continued regeneration of the area.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Steve 26 Sep
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Woolwich Just Moved to Woolwich- Female friends wanted  

Hi I am a professional female 34 who has just moved to Woolwich. Looking for female friends to hang out with. I am into the arts and music. Not really into clubbing anymore so looking for friends to go to the cinema with, the theatre, bars, art galleries,the gym etc.



Post reply -->London Woolwich Tracy 21 Sep
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Woolwich Hi Tracy  

I too am a professional female and have been living in Woolwich for a just over a year. I know a few like-minded women locally but would love to meet more. E-mail me:  Mail-me  and we can chat.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Susie 25 Oct
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Woolwich Its good to hear some positive, optimistic comments  

Its many years since I lived near Woolwich - I have lived in Norfolk since 1972 but my son is now working in London and checking out the new flats by the river in Woolwich.

I have been concerned as it does seem to have a rough reputation so its been very pleasant to hear people's views on here.

If the majority of decent people in the area would just keep talking up the place and urging changes, it could be a lovely area to live in very shortly.

I would be interested in peoples views on the riverside flat developments?

Post reply -->London Woolwich Heather 21 Sep
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Woolwich Heather  

I agree parts of Woolwich need a drastic makeover however things will improve time. I am not sure about the riverside developments however I have just moved to Woolwich from Clapham and it is not as bad as people say it is. The people are friendly here and they are not snobby. You do get more for your money here property wise and the new DLR coming in should really change the area for the better. Hope someone can answer your question regarding the riverside developments!!!

Post reply -->London Woolwich Tracy 21 Sep
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Woolwich Armouries  

Hi - my boyfriend and I (late 20's) have bought one of the Armouries flats due to be completed next spring (2009) - we are just wondering if anyone is in the same position and thinking about whether or not to proceed with the sale? Mine is probably less of an issue with safety - I felt people were very approachable and friendly and the station is close enough for me to feel quite confident with the walk home after work. My issue is more about the property prices falling and the fact that an area of regeneration relies so heavily on investors, who seems to be steering well clear of the market right now. Has anyone heard anything about renegotiating on the prices or anything? I just dont know if it's better to cut and run, but thats a big deposit! But then the DLR should improve the prospects greatly - has anyone got any opinions or advice that can help me make a decision!? Thanks!  Mail-me 

Post reply -->London Woolwich CLN 23 Sep
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Woolwich Thanks for the replies :)  

Duplicate post - probs with site

Webmaster, why dont threads run by newest first please?

Post reply -->London Woolwich Heather 26 Sep
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Woolwich Thanks for the replies :)  

Good to hear further positive comments about the area.

Its a worry that the economic crisis is now in full swing but hopefully this will not affect the regeneration planned for Woolwich, particularly as it will be a stop over for the Olympics.

Re the price of the new builds - at the moment it appears up to 20% discount can be negotiated off newbuilds all over the London area. What sort of price did you sign up for and what is the agreement details? Hang on a while til nearer exchange date and then think about renegotiating the price. The builders will be very very keen to get people into the flats and you will have the upper hand at that point.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Heather 5 Oct
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Woolwich  

Hi Heather - thank you for the advice! We bought the flat for 320k and then added another 17k for an underground parking space. This was at a time when prices were still increasing and confidence was high. We haven't had to part with any more cash, and the rest is due on completion (Spring 09). At least we still have a few months to think about this. I think you are right about waiting til nearer completion to renegotiate on price - I'm just hoping that the DLR helps us out a bit and keeps the value up!! The development itself is lovely, and the quality of the flats is excellent so I think people still might like to live here when it's all done. Thanks again for the advice.

Post reply -->London Woolwich CLN 26 Sep
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Woolwich  

Yes, Ive seen the flats and they are special - the service charge is a pain though, isnt it. Is yours a 2 bed?

If they asked 320k at the peak then 10% below that would be 288k - which gives you a fair amount of dosh to pay for the service charges :). You could chance your arm further - see how the current crisis pans out.

Have you checked the site house snake which tells you what properties have been reduced in an area by just entering a post code? If you keep an eye on that it will give you ammo to back up a drop in price nearer the time.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Heather 27 Sep
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Woolwich  

CLN, just a point, you say about renegotiating nearer completion. Make sure you dont exchange until you have knocked down the price. Once exchange has gone through then its a done deal with no room for negotiations.

Post reply -->London Woolwich 23 Oct
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Woolwich Area Around Queen Elizabeth Hospital  

I should have mentioned the Brook Village Estate on Shooters Hill is also a good area to think about moving too if you want to move to the area. It is only 5 minutes walk from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Julian Russell 31 Aug
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Woolwich Queen Elizabeth Hospital Area  

The area around Queen Elizabeth Hospital is ok. The flats are affordable and refurbished to a good standard. The area is well served by bus routes 161, 178, 244, 291, 386, 469, 486 and route 89 stops on Shooters Hill. The area is a short bus ride from Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station which opens very early in 2009. North Greenwich Station and the 02 Arena is also only a 15 to 20 minute bus ride away by routes 161 & 486. Woolwich, Eltham, Welling & Bexleyheath town centres are also close by. So the area it is a great place to live.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Julian Russell 30 Aug
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Woolwich Queen Elizabeth Hospital  

The area around Queen Elizabeth Hospital is ok. The flats are affordable and refurbished to a good standard. The area is well served by bus routes 161, 178, 244, 291, 386, 469 and 486 and route 89 stops on Shooters Hill The area is a short bus ride from Woolwich Arsenal DLR Station which opens very early in 2009.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Julian Russell 30 Aug
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Woolwich Woolwich and Thamesmead Fraud  

Does the fact that Woolwich (SE18) and Thamesmead (SE28) always seem to get included in lists of fraud hotspots impact peoples daily lives in any way? (Police presence, property values, insurance premiums, etc?)

Post reply -->London Woolwich 22 Aug
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Woolwich How is the area around QEH?  

How is the area around Queen Elizabeth Hospital as far as safety living? Is it affordable? What kind of housing is around there? What is your opinion for the hospital? What is your opinion about the region around it? How much money do you need to be able to sustain normal life in that area? I would appreciate if someone would answer my questions. Thank you.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Eva 5 Aug
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Woolwich  

I work at the QE hospital. It is very clean .I have also had the misfortune of being an in patient for many months during the last 6 years. Any hospital is as you find it at the time and so your experiences could be good or bad. As a patient in cardiac my experiences of care were excellent . However A and E can be a struggle as many locals use it as a doctors surgery.
Many doctors and nurse live in the blocks in the surrounding areas .

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Woolwich moving to woolwich  

I am thinking of buying a flat in woolwich. Can it be so bad? No go day and night? I was there today and didn't feel like I was in a ghetto. It definitely felt a bit run down but surely it's not that bad?




Post reply -->London Woolwich Pepper 16 Jul
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Woolwich  

Hi, I actually think Woolwich is not too bad. I am female and mid-twenties and often have to walk home in the dark, and have not yet had any trouble (been living here a year). Some areas are worse than others and there are estates to avoid but I think overall for the price of property, and investment potential I think it is worth it.

Post reply -->London Woolwich Susie 21 Jul
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Woolwich Woolwich  

Like many parts of London, Woolwich can vary a lot from street to street. There are parts I wouldn't go day or night, parts I wouldn't go at night, and parts I am happy to be at any time. Most of Woolwich is very definitely "urban" (and not "suburban") and has the problems and challenges urban areas face. It depends on which part of Woolwich you are looking, your budget and your lifestyle.

I have been in the area for over 10 years, and the big downside is that during that time Woolwich has almost exclusively been on a downwards spiral (OK there are a few exceptions) and I use the town centre less and less and never use it socially. On the upside, there are some new developments and the DLR should start to improve things, but there is a long long way to go.

Post reply -->London Woolwich DK 23 Jul
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Woolwich continued  

Right now, there are probably areas close by which offer better value for money and a better quality of life (areas south, south east, and south west of Woolwich), or you may strike lucky and settle in a nice house with good neighbours and an easy journey to work as we did.

Personally I would not buy down by the river, as being at the base of the valley the air can get very stifling, hard to breathe and feel very polluted when the weather is warm and still (not really a problem this year!! ;-) ), but that is more of a personal thing related to my own health. There is definitely more "air" on the slopes south of the town centre.

It probably all depends on what you want and what you need, if you're thinking for the short or long term, and you will have to trust your instinct.

Post reply -->London Woolwich DK 23 Jul
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Woolwich  

no woolwich is on the up and there are a lot of decent people who live and work in and out of the area. the people are friendly and with the regeneration i know it will be for the best. new shops cafe, rest,cinema,department store, hotel, tesco, and more. so come on down people woolwich is fun for everyone. i have been here from clapham and it is fine.

Post reply -->London Woolwich yas 21 Feb
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Woolwich Please help  

What is Willenhall Road like as an area? My email is  Mail-me . Appreciate your help.

Post reply -->London Woolwich 13 Feb
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Woolwich New Exhibition  

There is a new temporary exhibition called "Work, Rest and Play" at the Heritage Centre, Artillery Square
on the Royal Arsenal Site from Tuesday 15 July until Saturday 30 August 2008. The exhibition focuses on the day to day lives of the thousands of people who worked at the Royal Arsenal site.

See the Leisure and Culture section of the Greenwich Council website.

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Woolwich  

whoever moderates this , don't u like West Thamesmead ??? Can we have it back please??

Post reply -->London Woolwich Joan 29 Jun
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