More street clutter has been installed near the Waterfront leisure centre in Woolwich as discriminatory behaviour against wheelchair-using pedestrians continues in Greenwich borough.
In recent weeks and months this site has covered how residents in East Greenwich organised a petition and contacted the authority seeking to move street furniture on paving blocking wheelchairs and buggies.
Greenwich Highways claimed they couldn’t even afford £400 to look into doing so – let alone actually acting – while continuing to install ever more unnecessary clutter in the area and across the borough.
The reality is some of the most vulnerable in society suffer, as this reply to a previous post highlights. The respondent claims Greenwich’s leader hasn’t replied to a message for over a year on her daughter being having problems navigating to local amenities from home.
Greenwich council installing new clutter while simultaneously claiming no funding to move existing obstacles and ensuring pedestrian links are safe and accessible happens despite incoming funds derived from various new developments.
To give another example, last year railings were installed in Greenwich on a link to the Peninsula.
A freedom of information request saw Greenwich council claim no paper records of why the decision was made nor costings were available.
It’s likely more will be going in about this new addition and others in the borough. If you want to ask them, you can email Foi@royalgreenwich.gov.uk
One claim for ever more barriers is someone asked for it. If true, access for all is being obstructed due to a few – or even a single – complaint. An odd way to operate.
Mopeds are a common reason given. In effect Greenwich are stating all pedestrians should be inconvenient due to a tiny minority. By that rationale if the odd moped now goes another way that should be obstructed for pedestrians. Where does it end?
If the police are requesting it, refuse. You don’t hinder all pedestrians especially the most vulnerable for a tiny minority. Police should act on illegal riding.
Police sometimes make some very odd design calls during planning applications as well. Decent planners realise some is counter productive and refuse.
The location of new barriers hampering wheelchair access to Woolwich leisure centre from new homes in Woolwich makes it all the more egregious.
It’s not as if other access points are much better:
It’s all in contradiction to their own policies and reports:
Even if Greenwich council departments and officers are acting against the interests of pedestrians, one wonders what the council’s leadership are doing?