A major proposal to give a much-needed facelift to Erith’s Pier Square is set to be decided next week, the latest step in revamping the town’s riverside presence.

New seating, plants, and a children’s play area have been touted as part of the overhaul, although plans to add a basketball net and skate park were axed amid concerns from the council they’d encourage “anti-social” behaviour.

Bexley Council have applied to themselves to undertake the work, with the authority’s planning board to consider it Thursday.

Under the plan, 11 car parks would be removed adjacent to the square, which is owned by Morrison’s.

It would also see current “clutter” at the square, like old seating, removed and replaced.

A new play “environment” for young children, with mounds and high points designed for youngsters to run, play and slide on would also be installed.

News Shopper: An overview of the revamped area. An overview of the revamped area.

An event space intended to host pop-up markets and other similar public events and attractions would also be added.

The council has already granted an events license for the site, which limits events to one weekend a month between April to September and a maximum of two weekends within the month of December.

Plans to include a basketball net and a skate ramp at the area were dumped by the council after fears the facilities could lead to noise disturbances and anti-social behaviour were raised by residents.

The council’s report on the matter states that, while the revamp would likely bring more people and noise to the area, it was worth it in exchange for a more vibrant river front area for the community.

“Whilst the overall enhancement of the square would have a modest impact upon the nearby residents in regard to noise from the increased use, the site is already a public space located next to Erith town centre, and on balance, the overall benefits of the improved works are considered to outweigh any potential modest rise in disturbances that the increased use of the square would have upon the immediate residents,” the report states.

If approved, work on the project would begin within three years.