A number of local campaigns for safer streets will be before Greenwich Council this week including one which saw 456 people asking for safer crossings near Falconwood station.
Greenwich Council have refused to do anything with crossings in the near term citing lack of money though do state they will reduce speed limits from 40 mph to 30 mph next year and conduct a review. People complain that the existing speed limit is already regularly exceeded.
What we see once again in responses is an attempt to shift responsibility to TfL. In response to the petition the council state funds must come from TfL’s annual Local Implementation Plan funds.
What isn’t mentioned is that boroughs can top up their annual LIP award – and it’s here where Greenwich are 31st of 32 London councils when it comes to topping up using developer and parking income over a three-year period starting last year.
Greenwich allocated just £206k last year and zero this coming year from those sources. Here’s some other London Labour boroughs for comparison and what they will allocate this year:
- Lewisham – £1.33 million
- Southwark – £765,000
- Lambeth – £1.2 million
- Hammersmith & Fulham – £29.1 million. Not a typo as seen below:
- Hounslow – £1.82 million
- Ealing – £766k
- Brent – £6 million
- Camden – £5.26m
Even true blue Bromley are allocating £90,000 from S106/CIL and parking compared to zero in Greenwich.
So when the authority says “sorry no money from TfL for that” what they mean is they’ve chosen not to top up TfL funds using two sources of funds used extensively by almost every other London council.
They do state “available funding is subject to re-prioritisation within the 2020/2021 financial year dependant on statistics.” but if they’re not topping up TfL’s annual award there’s little to play with.
I expect any argument against adding income to TfL money will now be “but what about the new cycle lane from Woolwich to Greenwich” because of course those other boroughs allocating substantially more cash do not also have Cycle Highways and Quietways.
Still, always the next report on encouraging walking and cycling to look forward to. There’s no shortage of them in Greenwich.