A block of council housing for over 55s and a nearby pub could both be demolished to make way for a relocated Woolwich Leisure Centre, in plans to be discussed this week.

The future of the leisure centre scheme is just one of many items in a bumper day of back-to-back meetings for Greenwich Council, which will also see a vote on whether to proceed with highly controversial new charges to social care services.

Cabinet members are set to discuss the proposal to relocate the Woolwich Leisure Centre to face General Gordon Square, in a building which currently houses a Wilko, at their January 29 meeting.

The plan would also likely include demolishing The Bull Tavern and Troy Court, a council housing block which contains apartments specifically for residents aged over 55.

Part of the block of proposals that councillors will be asked to vote on as part of the development moving forward is “that there be no further lettings at Troy Court with immediate effect”.

In addition, councillors are asked to approve a bid that “steps be taken to rehouse the existing tenants of Troy Court to allow vacant possession of the site”.

Details, including the designs of the new leisure centre and a viability assessment of the whole scheme, have been kept exempt from the public, with the council citing commercial sensitivities.

The move is part of a number of options cabinet members will consider as they progress with plans to relocate the leisure centre.

It comes after cabinet agreed in January 2019 to a two-stage approach to delivering a new leisure centre in Woolwich, by using third-party land on Vincent Road and the housing at Troy Court.

It’s not the only controversial item on the agenda for cabinet, with members to consider the outcomes of a series of scrutiny meetings into proposed social care cuts for the borough.

The council is considering a 10-pronged approach to cutting social care spending in the borough, in a bid which would raise £1,640,000 a year.

The moves by the council come as it grapples with a social care funding crisis impacting authorities across the country.

Among the proposals are increases to charges for disabled residents homecare services, an end to subsidised meals, and charging residents who can afford to pay for sheltered and supported housing.

Earlier this month, members of the council’s scrutiny committee heard testimonies from emotional residents

Sue Elsegood, the chair of disability advocacy group METRO GAD, told the committee that service users were “often anxious and stressed” due to already difficult living conditions, and that these hardships could lead to “severe depression which sometimes leads to a risk of suicide”.

“This risk will be severely increased if these proposals aren’t refused,” Ms Elsegood, who uses a wheelchair and respirator, said.

“There’s nothing left in the bottom of the barrel…(this proposal needs to be) totally abandoned before lives are lost. Scrap it now.”

Cabinet is set to meet at 4.30pm, before full council starts at 7pm on Wednesday.