Image courtesy Greenwich Cyclists.
The newly installed cycle lane through east Greenwich is currently half blocked by a replacement digital advertising board.
It’s only weeks since further money was spent upgrading the cycleway in the area after a temporary route was introduced around two years ago.
BT submitted numerous plans for these boards all over the borough (including here in east Greenwich back in 2021).
Greenwich Council refused some given their obstructive nature to pedestrians on narrow paving.
However, somehow this appears to have slipped through.
Back in June this site looked at attempts to add clutter to various parts of Woolwich town centre.
They also followed up with a flurry of applications in Eltham and Greenwich.
One such site near where the board blocks the cycle lane was outside Boots in east Greenwich. It was refused and BT have appealed.
The board just installed is outside 133 Woolwich Road. I’ve taken a look at Greenwich’s planning portal and it appears an application was made in 2021 which was approved by Greenwich Council.
So it seems Greenwich approved this plan and its been installed all without anyone realising what the plan was with the cycle lane, and then the cycle lane not being checked to see what street furniture has been approved.
A previous board has long existed at the site, though the 2021 application for a replacement has somehow resulted in blocking the lane.
Poor communication and checks between Greenwich Council, TfL and contractors appears to have led to this cock up.