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Greenwich Council spend more money on health strategies – while neglecting public space

Link to amenities in Greenwich

Greenwich’s Cabinet are next week due to look at yet another strategy drawn up featuring a “Physical Activity and Sport Strategy and Action Plan“.

It’s the latest in a long line of similar strategies. These things are ten a penny for the authority. Healthy living and green strategies abound over recent years with little discernible difference alongside in putting effort and money into improving walking links and pedestrian space in much of the borough.

Money for parks? Who needs that? A grand total of 0.3% of developer income allocated to parks and open space last year is enough I’m sure.

Crumbling park on Abbey Wood/Plumstead border.

And money for better streets to encourage walking and healthy living? Nah. Let’s spend less than every other London council – whether Labour or Tory – and then offer no commitment to use developer income beyond this year.

Now that a comparable list of income to be spent on public realm and street schemes has expanded let’s look at how boroughs compare:

  • Greenwich – £206k (nothing confirmed after this year)
  • Lewisham – £1.33m
  • Lambeth – £1.2m
  • Southwark – £765k
  • Ealing – £766k
  • Brent – £6 million
  • Camden – £5.26m
  • Hounslow – £5.3m
  • Hammersmith & Fulham – £27.2m (!)
  • Bromley – £390k

When more boroughs reveal spending I’ll update totals on future posts.

A crossing here is months late

I’m sure report after report provides activity for employees (or external consultants) but when will that actually translate into focusing time and money on taking action to improve the borough?

It’s also unclear how an action plan on physical activity matches increased swimming charges at the Eltham Centre by up to 60% earlier this year.

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3 Comments

  1. Kevin Sweeney

    Typical of the muddled thinking of this Council and the organisation supposedly running the Leisure Services of the Borough. There has been an all round shrinking of facilities throughout the borough and when people pointed this out they were vilified and told they were wrong. Now it is too little too late as usual by this incompetent mob.

  2. Charles Calthrop

    You can’t monetize a public space as easily as a gym, hence the low levels of attention paid. If the council could get away with tolling entry to Greenwich Park they’d have installed barriers years ago. Historically it’s always been easier to continuously punish/profit rather than educate – smoking or more recently the sugar tax being examples of this approach.

  3. Gabriel

    may I ask you please where the top picture has been taken?

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