Greenwich consultation on the East Greenwich scheme closes with overwhelming rejection by local residents
A council consultation on extending a West Greenwich-style road scheme to East Greenwich has closed. It attracted more than 3,000 responses, with comments by residents and others overwhelmingly opposed to the council’s plans.
The East Greenwich plan would, like the Hills and Vales, cut through the area horizontally. Taking the railway line as what the council calls a “natural barrier”, there would be closures on Maze Hill, Vanbrugh Hill, Halstow Road and Westcombe Hill. All except Halstow Road would be enforced by cameras rather than modal filters (vehicle blockades). The use of ANPR cameras is in deference to the emergency services, who oppose the all-modal filter Hills and Vales scheme as creating unacceptable risks.
Many survey respondents – including some of the minority who agreed in principle with the proposals – wanted residents to be excluded from the restrictions and able to drive through the cameras. The council’s proposals would not allow that, although it is happening elsewhere in London.
There were widespread accusations by respondents that the consultation was biased and skewed towards getting the council the answers wanted.
The survey questionnaire contained no option for straightforwardly saying ‘no’ to the council’s plans.
Reasons given for rejecting the proposals include:
Council claims that ‘through traffic’ will be excluded by the barriers, but that affected residents and their visitors must walk, cycle or use wheel chairs and public transport for journeys if they do not want to take long detours.