These streets will see new tarmac this year across Greenwich borough

Greenwich Council have drawn up a list of streets they intend to lay tarmac this financial year.

These schemes are part of the HILLs project which see apprentices trained on street upgrade work. Unfortunately, whilst in the past this scheme covered entire streets including paving and pedestrian space it now appears limited to roads only.

This is the type of scheme they previously used to proposed from this fund (though did it ever happen?)

Taken from HILLs work document

Greenwich Council are receiving less from Tfl for principal street work but are seeing increased money from central Government and have their own funds for  schemes.

For all the talk and reports drawn up regarding encouraging walking and cycling it would appear actions speak louder than words, with little if anything planned for public realm under this round of the HILLs scheme.

street design is 30+ years old

This follows news that Greenwich plan to spend substantially less on improving public realm using developer and parking income than every other London Labour council through Local Implementation Plan 2 work. Even accounting for money needed to fund the Woolwich Crossrail station, differences in spending from those sources are vast. Here’s comparable London boroughs:

  • Greenwich – £206k
  • Lewisham – £4 million
  • Lambeth – £18.9 million
  • Southwark – £20.8 million
  • Hammersmith & Fulham – £87 million
  • Hounslow – £5.3 million
  • Ealing – £3.9 million
  • Brent – £6 million
  • Camden – £5.26m

To compensate Greenwich Council intend to obtain money from reserves and capital income. Those funds are then not available to spend on health, education, parks, housing and much more.


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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

3 thoughts on “These streets will see new tarmac this year across Greenwich borough

  • June 10, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I know that area from the main picture very well. Coldharbour estate.

    It could be SO much better with modest work. Add some trees and reworking of paving space to make it look less like a reject from a sink estate from the 70s. I know all to well as it hasn’t changed since the 70s – well actually got worse!

    But Greenwich Council eh? That’s all they know.

  • June 11, 2019 at 7:14 am

    I think the HILLS work on Trafalgar Road removed cycle parking next to the Co-op, but didn’t do much else. Greenwich’s transport planners are the worst.

  • June 12, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Kirkside is small enough you can run the length while holding your breath. Either someone important lives there or they’re just using leftovers


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