Securing Our Heritage

by Edward Schofield

At Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, one of our aims is to care for our heritage buildings for the benefit of the public.  Here at Charlton House, in addition to keeping the house in tip-top condition, we want to ensure our visitors feel safe using our grounds. We also want the appearance of our car park and gardens to reflect the significance of Charlton House, the best surviving example of a Jacobean mansion in Greater London. 

Anti-social behaviour has been reported in the car park, which is something we can, in partnership with the Police, tackle. However, with limited staff resources, it is difficult to monitor external spaces. As our cleaning and porter staff arrive for work, they are often greeted by the sight of empty bottles of lager and wine, smashed on the gravel and grassy areas. This poses a serious health and safety risk for dog walkers, joggers and has caused drivers to sustain flat tyres on their vehicles as they enter the driveway. We have also experienced increased use of the car park at Charlton House.  After monitoring this closely, we have discovered that many users are not using the house and grounds, but rather parking for work or going on to catch the train down the hill at Charlton Station.

After much discussion, we have identified the need to increase the levels of safety for our visitors and those using our beautiful gardens and grounds, and to restrict use of our car park for our visitors. We plan to upgrade our existing CCTV to a system with a much higher spec and the ability to provide the Police with high resolution images and recordings when required to do so. We also plan to install barriers that will allow us to close the car park when the house closes to the public. 

Introducing car parking tariffs will discourage irresponsible parking and mean that affordable parking is available for those using Charlton House. Any surplus funds from levying car park charges will be re-invested in the house and grounds.

Further details will be posted on our website once we have information regarding dates and pricing.  If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact the office office@rght.org.uk or by calling 020 8856 3951.

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