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Greenwich announce final TfL funding wins – and fail with most bids

TfL have made final awards on emergency funding for street changes and with almost no detail in the public domain Greenwich have released a news story showing how much money they will receive from TfL.

It appears they missed out on many projects they sought money for. Given they told no one (including TfL?) what the projects involved it’s hard to know what could have been. They state £1.266 million in funding but do not break it down by project. You have to dig about for detail.

Extremely easy and cheap projects are nowhere to be seen. No wands. No cycle lane protection

The authority never set up a website to gain feedback or engage as seen elsewhere across London.

In terms of confirmed funding, around £600,000 will create a Shooter’s Hill cycle lane. Where exactly is unknown. There are no details.

£142,458 is allocated to Eltham High Street. No details of what this includes either. It surely cannot be for what they’ve installed so far – which comprises of some temporary fencing and a modest number of wands. Both are extremely cheap to buy and install and cost far less that £142,458.

However, given it states “social distancing measures have already been installed in Eltham High Street” that could be it. If it is, questions need asking.

Courtesy Melissa William. Basic work in Eltham

Three school streets are installed – which is less than many authorities plan or have already installed.

Greenwich still havn’t come up with any real detail of modal filters months after other boroughs begun work. All they state is work in these areas:

  • West Greenwich
  • East Greenwich
  • Plumstead
  • Woolwich

There is money for Plumstead but no details. Also income for Queen Elizabeth Hospital but again no details.

It appears simple projects such as closing a small area of a sidestreet in Eltham to assist cafes, a tea shop and restaurant is going nowhere. It would cost next to nothing and does not block access for deliveries.

Simple projects aren’t being attempted

There’s no money to link east Greenwich and Greenwich Peninsula. Perhaps TfL looked at why the authority has over £100 million in income from developments in the area owing to new buildings and yet has done so little.

The Greenwich cabinet member for transport seems content with what has happened from council departments:

“Cllr Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport said:  

“We have already done lots of work to improve our streets and town centres to keep people safe in response to the ongoing national health emergency. With the funding we’ve been given we can now continue this work to maintain and improve the momentum of active travel we’ve gained in recent months. It will enable our residents who do not own cars to walk or cycle safely while public transport is greatly reduced. 

It’s disappointing not to have received all the funding we bid for to improve walking and cycling routes in Royal Greenwich, but we will continue to lobby and bid for more transport funding when it becomes available.”

Notice again how emphasis is placed on external funds. The authority regularly fail to use funding from new developments and parking in the borough to improve streets, public spaces and parks across the borough. They have much form on this.

Even then, funding awarded years ago by TfL is still unspent, including this in east Greenwich:

Four months after lockdown and traffic is now as bad as before. Any future measures are sure to arouse anger from some now that roads are full. A crucial window for action when roads were quiet to lock in behavioural changehas now gone.

Where work did occur such as in Greenwich town centre major mistakes were made – and it’s still a danger to many users months on.

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. B

    As predicted by many RBG has done everything to ensure they do not secure adequate funding. To submit a formal proposal with limited detail is as effective as submitting a blank piece of paper. If nothing else that smacks of a total p!ss take.

    Reading the quote from the cabinet minister only proves that he is on another planet.To assume that there maybe further significant funding from TFL is stupidity at best. Especially in the current economic climate where funding is likely to dry up or be focused on those boroughs that prove adequate need. Which to date the bright sparks at RBG are unable to do. Based on that simple requirement RBG is unlikely to get further funding. To be honest i am surprised they got anything at all given their record on utilisation of funds.

    On many levels and for many reasons the current administration should be kicked out. Their performance is soooooo bad that other organisations (even those of the same political beliefs) do not appear to want to work with them…….i guess who wants to be associated with utter incompetence.

    • fromthemurkydepths

      We dont know for certain they didnt submit any detail until freedom of information requests come back. It should never come to that of course. The secrecy is troubling.

    • Matt w

      Thanks for another helpful article. LBG certainly wouldn’t tell anyone what is going on. Sadly all we can do is hope but that basically translates to nothing

  2. Charles Calthrop

    My goddaughter lives in Bow: in that square mile they’re running a consultation on a large number of detailed projects from pocket parks and removal of street furniture to the more contentious bus gate and timed streets. A mixed bag that will probably do as much harm as good. The consultation was done online and through big A3 colour plans sent to residents – everything clearly explained.

    In comparison the last consultation I saw while I lived in Greenwich was a plan for some parking restrictions in the Trafalgar Road area. Basic surveyors type diagram and a barely cogent explanation of what they were trying to achieve. The only place that ever told me where my money was being spent was this site

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