Whilst in Gravesend today, after visiting the Port of London Authority, I paid a quick visit to Northfleet Embankment to see if any progress has been made since I proposed using the site as a temporary park.
The land raising, using spoil from Crossrail excavations, has begun with the sites either side of the road now being about 10 feet above the surface of the road. I do wonder how the road itself will be treated: surely not left in a deep cutting, but the last time I saw the masterplan for the area (all owned by the public sector) the road took exactly the same line as the exisiting one and didn’t attempt to move it in order to make the one road through the area move useable or split the sites in a more useful way.
Work is also well underway on the new depot for Aldi. I can’t help thinking that this is a bit of a waste of a site which is on the banks of the River Thames, and it would be better to have a more high value use here.
As yet, very little evidence of Place Making.