Erith town centre is a community hub with a range of shops and other facilities such as a health centre and library. With excellent links to the rest of the borough and a thriving local community, it’s a great place to open a business, work and live! Click the links below to find out more:
Businesses in Erith are among the most satisfied in the borough – they report they like the loyal customer base and quality of business premises. They also report an increase in turnover and profit for the past few years. Erith’s businesses are sure to benefit from the proximity of the new Crossrail station at Abbey Wood, due to open in 2018, which is under four miles from the town centre.
Business in Erith means more than the retail and service sector, close by is the Belvedere Industrial Area which is a hub for a variety of businesses and Anchor Bay Wharf which is home to the well-known Erith Construction Group and many other types of business. Ocado are building a 600,000 sq ft customer fulfilment centre, which will bring thousands of jobs to the area. Erith is also home to a Tesco.com distribution centre; Tesco.com ran an exciting recruitment scheme with Resources Plus.
Erith currently has a vacancy rate of 12.2%, (2016) and an average weekly footfall of 8,980 (September 2016).
Erith is accessible by frequent buses from other parts of the borough (Crayford, Bexleyheath and Sidcup) as well as nearby Woolwich and Plumstead. There is a rail station a short walk away from the town centre with frequent trains to London Bridge, Charing Cross and Cannon Street. It’s also easy to get to Erith from Kent mainline stations like Gillingham, Gravesend and Dartford. Use the widget below to find out how to get here! Local bus maps are available here.
Easily accessible by car, Erith is just 5 miles from the A2 and M25. Erith benefits from extensive parking space provision – shoppers can park for free in in the Riverside Shopping Centre for the first three hours. There is also a large car park for Morrison’s customers which is across the road from the shopping centre.
Erith has a good mix of houses and flats available, many very near to the town centre and some along the riverside. Houses are affordable and there is a good community spirit in the area as well as many schools, including 13 primary and four secondary schools. The area also benefits from excellent further education provision in the form of Bexley College. Average weekly rental prices are well below the London median, further detail available here.
Clubs and societies
There are plenty of ways you can get involved in the local community in Erith. The Operatic Society hold a show every year and rehearse weekly between September and Spring – if you like singing and enjoy the limelight, why not give it a go!
The Model Railway Society meets weekly and holds regular social events. They always welcome new members. Finally, the Erith and Belvedere Local History is perfect for those with an interest in local history.
Erith is home to some iconic buildings and public art works. One of the first things visitors will notice is the statue of two fishes in the middle of Erith Roundabout, created by artist Gary Drostle as a nod to the fishing heritage of the local area and inspired by the mosaic in the nearby Carnegie Building, another of Erith’s unique sites. You will also find a collection of colourful murals around the town centre, including the Erith Mural on Colebrook Street which depicts (among other scenes) the murder of a king and a riot in Kent!
Once the home of a wooden pier, with a hotel and gardens, the current concrete pier was built in the 1950s and is a great place to visit, especially on a sunny day!
Erith Yacht Club
Erith Yacht Club has been training sailors on the banks of the River Thames for over 100 years. The club organises sailing and social events and always welcomes new members.
Erith Rowing Club
You can make the most of the proximity of the river by also joining Erith Rowing Club which caters for all abilities and holds regular ‘Learn to Row’ courses for all ages and capabilities.
Erith Park development
The £120 million regeneration of Erith Park, formerly known as the Larner Road Estate, is building an impressive new community and is one of the largest projects of its kind in London.
erith town forum
Businesses in the area have a strong town forum which organises local events. For more information and to get involved please click here.