The recent issue over late-running street improvements near Ikea in Greenwich has revealed some details of subsequent, separate schemes in the area.
Work on Woolwich Road and Westcombe Hill via a “local safety scheme” has been pencilled in. Originally it was going to start this month – though a reply from Greenwich Council’s press office to 853 suggests this summer.
It says “potential works” as dates are not finalised but work appears to be in motion.
But what is it?
Having asked around no one seems to have any knowledge of what the forthcoming scheme entails. There’s absolutely no information in the public domain.
UPDATE: Documents have just been uploaded to Greenwich’s site revealing two schemes but no details. One will see £100,000 spent and the other £490,000.
But where’s the consultation? This is an all too common event in the borough. Platforms to do such as CommonPlace exist and have been used in the area but why not for other projects?
We may possibly have to go through a torturous route of freedom of information requests or emailing the authority and hoping something turns up within a month. It’s painful.
Consultation early on in the design stage could eliminate design flaws seen all too often with street changes. We’ve seen it recently in Abbey Wood where a scheme saw two serious accidents weeks after completion.
A waiting game
Maybe nothing will happen? It wouldn’t be the first time. A number of schemes planned for the area seemingly disappeared.
In 2011/12 this was listed under council plans:
- £100,000 at the Woolwich Road/Blackwall tunnel approach roundabout.
I don’t recall anything happening. If it did please leave a comment below.
In 2015, £50,000 was due to be spent under a project named HILLS. Again, little to nothing ever seemed to happen:
£150,000 wouldn’t have rectified the bulk of issues – which require multi-million pound work and investment from TfL – but could have improved some of the obstacles faced by pedestrians and cyclists.
Will anything happen in coming months? Will any consultation occur? One to keep an eye on as £590,000 is a decent sum of money.