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New Erith Park street names revealed!

Published 27th January 2014 | Press Releases

The names of the new streets and apartment buildings in the Erith Park development have just been announced. Residents were among the many local people who suggested names to celebrate the long standing history and culture of Erith.

The main road into the new development will be called Callender Road, in recognition of the local cable works whose projects included the D Day pipeline under the English Channel.

Downton Mews is named not after the television programme, but for John Downton, artist and philosopher, who was also born in Erith. Apartment building, Gunning Place, is named in memory of GH Gunning, Erith builder and philanthropist, who built some of the older houses around the Erith Park neighbourhood and who donated land for the first Erith hospital.

Butler Drive remembers Edward Butler, who was born in Erith and invented an early motorcycle in 1884. Starkey Place and Beadle Place are also named after longstanding Erith families and businesses. Talbot Place is a reminder of Talbot Wharf on the riverfront.

Orbit Homes Regeneration Manager, Caroline Field, comments; “The names we put forward to the London Borough of Bexley were shortlisted by Erith Park residents, local people and members of our regeneration project team. It was interesting for all of us to find out more about local history and families. When the new homes are completed, we hope to invite relatives of some of the people we have remembered here, to join us in our celebrations. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed their suggestions.”

The final selection of street names was made by the London Borough of Bexley’s planning department, in conjunction with the statutory services, from Orbit’s nominations. One of the main criteria is that to avoid confusion for the mail and emergency services, names must not be the same, or sound similar to, other streets in the area.

Cllr Linda Bailey, Bexley’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration says; “It’s wonderful to have these strong links to Erith’s history play such a large part in the regeneration project. Regeneration is about celebrating the past while making improvements to secure a positive future.”

The first homes at Erith Park are currently being built by Wates Living Space and will be ready later this year. Once complete, will be owned and managed by Orbit South. The development will include a mix of homes for affordable rent, private market sale and low cost home ownership.