Greenwich Intercontinental hotel extension approved yet no money for local area
Greenwich Council’s Planning Board last week gave approval to extend the Intercontinental Hotel located beside the o2 in Greenwich.
Plans see an extension of the ballroom/conference hall by 2,121 square metres as owners Arora seek to hold bigger events on the grounds.
The extension brings in a modest amount of Community Infrastructure Levy income to Greenwich Council. £21,210 this time.
Despite some roads not even having pavements in the area, the employment scheme GLLaB gains the funds. Every penny.
Yet again other areas of possible spending miss out. Why are Greenwich Council so insistent on giving so much income to the GLLaB scheme?
It’s worthy of funds, and hard to argue against a scheme which helps employment and skills, yet such large amounts and duplicating existing agencies to the detriment of many other areas? This is near an area where cyclists are dying due to such poor streets.
As I covered recently, Greenwich decided that over £400,000 from Abbey Wood’s forthcoming tower should go to GLLaB yet not a penny to one of London’s most deprived estates directly next door.
Developers decided to go above and beyond what is required and offered £50k for public realm improvement, which is still derisory given the total income of £1.25m (bumped up to £1.3m with that offer), and they shouldn’t need to.
Greenwich Council could have split £200k to public realm and parks and £200k to GLLaB. But they didn’t, and very rarely do.
Nice work creating a two tier town.
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