In recent months money has been spent altering streets around east Greenwich as part of a Low Emission Neighbourhood scheme.
It’s not exactly revelatory work, and with Ikea and a future Silvertown Tunnel the notion of “low emissions” can seem a bit of a joke in this area but nonetheless some decent ideas were on the table.
However, now much work has been finished complaints have arisen from people stating some changes are dangerous for some disabled people and in particular the partially sighted. There are no tactile paving bumps at junctions – which have seen continuous paving installed.
The notion of continuous raised paving is fine and works well in many places as a way to slow cars and show primacy of pedestrians, but many areas use subtle hints and tactile paving to signify junctions, as seen here in Bromley:
Note the darker band signifying the road line. As well as that, warmer colour tones on pavement materials work so much better than the cold greys installed in east Greenwich – which also highlight dirt far more easily.
A lot of this is pretty basic design. Not only is the paving cold and grey but there’s so little greenery too. As the pictures show, traffic was still solid. Low Emission Neighbourhood? Far from it.
I do feel though I shouldn’t criticise too much. They are trying here – which this website has long argued for and something notably absent across Greenwich borough for so long in so many areas. Some clutter has been removed and thumbs up for that.
Future pocket parks will also bring some greenery which is to be welcomed. So it’s far from all bad and there’s much to celebrate – but also evidence that there is still much to be done.