Pedestrian signs directions to Ikea from east Greenwich will finally be installed later this month almost 18 months after the store opened in February 2019.
Since the store opened some of the “sustainable” credentials have been dropped such as pedal powered deliveries.
In terms of funds for transport which includes walking and cycling, Ikea gave Greenwich council £1.7 million in Section 106 payments. New pedestrian crossings were installed some months after the store opened – though not on all approaches leaving some dangerous crossings – and signage has taken far longer.
The walk from Westcombe park station is extremely poor.
Many other improvements for the area – which predate Ikea – never happened. Much like recent funding bids to TfL in recent months, previous bids were conducted in secret with little to consultation. Money was awarded with no details revealed to the public of what they would contain.
What did £50,000 on Trafalgar Road in 2017/18 go towards? Work has been mooted and continually delayed in east Greenwich.
The complete lack of detail on what each project would include can again be seen in recent weeks in bids for emergency TfL funding.
The final awards from TfL were revealed this week with no sign any will be spent in Greenwich or Charlton for segregated cycle lanes. I’ll cover that in coming days.
Other pots of money for east Greenwich were never spent. This is 2018/19:
This could have been 2017/18 funds rolled forward. Whatever it was, it was unspent again in 2018/19.
Other sources of funding in the area that Greenwich already have from a multitude of new developments have not improved roads. These include:
- Charlton Sainsbury’s – £1.4 million in Section 106 income
- ParcelForce on Bugsby’s Way: £234,000 in S106
- Greenwich Shopping Park – £650,000 in S106
- Wickes – £360,000 in S106
- Brocklebank Retail Park – £300,000 in Section 106
The Peninsula ward as a whole saw £87,418,841 in Section 106 income between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
Given this track record it’s perhaps of little surprise the authority appear to have neither spent any money they have from S106 and CIL income over recent months to provide improvements in the area.
Still, some signs are going up, but with fundamental work on street improvements lacking I can’t see it attracting many people to ditch the car.