Plans have been submitted for 80 new council homes in Kidbrooke.
The plans have aroused some opposition with homes to be built on estate green spaces though £750,000 will be spent upgrading other areas and play parks nearby.
These sites are close to the completed Jack’s Acre council sites designed by Peter Barber. ShedKM are architects on subsequent plots.
Locals have also raised concerns about parking. 47 spaces are provided for 80 homes.
With many households now having more than one car that seems unlikely to stop pressure in the area. In places near the sites pavement parking is permitted yet not all, and not covering the entire paving as sometimes seen.
As a council estate parking enforcement has been outsourced to a private company, and one which sees continual criticism for failing to enforce parking issues borough-wide.
I’ve covered the parking contract before. Greenwich have allowed Wing Parking to retain all parking income from fines in many areas of the borough. This would seem quite the incentive but Wing are barely ever seen in many areas. Relying on them to enforce parking issues in this area is optimistic.
Like many council estates in Greenwich borough, failing to monitor parking is replaced with a large amount of street clutter.
However the application states less than 50 per cent of parking spots were in use during traffic surveys.
A transport report also states: “The pedestrian footways surrounding the site are sufficiently wide, well-lit, and in a good state of repair.” When not being parked on and blocked presumably.
The transport report also classifies Rochester Way cycle lane as segregated. It’s semi-segregated at best with sporadic wands.
Local people’s annoyance is understandable and much is Greenwich’s own making, They’ve barely spent a penny on neglected estates for decades as major new developments are built next door such as Kidbrooke Village bringing millions to council coffers that other authorities use to improve adjacent estates.
This is example #4335 of an estate being ignored as new-builds were built next door exacerbating divisions. It’s almost non-existent to see examples such as this below in Southwark:
And so when the estate’s residents finally get some substantial funding for improved parks it comes with a caveat requiring building over large amounts of greenery.
And so social tenants then moving in then bear the brunt of frustration.