Woolwich greenery and trees to be ripped out
A final stretch of greenery located along central reservations running through Woolwich and Plumstead is to be removed.
Over recent years much has been taken out. According to information future work will see “removal of shrubs/trees in central reserve and lay new buff block paving.”
This is the latest stage of a program of removing greenery shortly after installation. Just to the east it barely lasted a year. During that time it was not maintained by Greenwich Council and became littered with rubbish:
It highlights how we should be wary of glossy renders when it comes to new developments. Who maintains?
In Plumstead and Woolwich stretches removed have then replaced with guardrail – against TfL guidelines for street design.
Counter intuitively guardrail has been shown to be less safe in many cases as drivers speed up once installed. It gives a feeling of greater degree of separation from other vehicles and pedestrians which in turn encourages higher speeds.
Even further east a lot more greenery was replaced around two years ago along Plumstead Road, and again the new street was designed to look like a rural A-road rather than an urban street.
Greenwich Council have allocated £75,000 for training staff on modern street design – despite design guides already existing and regularly ignored.
If there was never any intention of maintaining then why approve it? And while this is happening in Plumstead and Woolwich down in Abbey Wood the same is being installed along Harrow Manorway. It’s a joint Greenwich and Bexley borough scheme.
Presumably Greenwich will play no part in maintaining the road and Bexley will. If Greenwich are in charge upon completion (they were before work begun) can we expect the same again?
The work in Woolwich does not seem to be taking the opportunity to narrow the central reservation to provide space for a cycle lane.