Cycle scheme knocked back as traders say business will be hit by the plans

Traders say they could be put out of business if town hall plans to scrap parking bays on a busy road go ahead.

A Greenwich council decision to construct a cycle Quietway down Dunvegan Road in Eltham is opposed by businesses in the area and even Greenwich Cyclists, a local cycling group.

The scheme would see the permanent loss of three parking spaces, and traders believe this will have an impact on lorries delivering goods and customers visiting the shops.

The decision was called in for more scrutiny by Eltham North councillors Spencer Drury and Charlie Davis.

Kieron Lochtie, who co-owns JK Clothing at the junction of Dunvagen Road and Well Hall Road, said: “We have been here for 10 years.When we first started, there was plenty of parking. Nowadays you’d be very lucky to get any parking around the shop.

“We should be making more parking spaces.

“The best solution is to look after the businesses, rather than taking people’s livelihoods away from them.”

Quietways are a Greater London Authority initiative which will see continuous cycle routes on quieter backstreets across London.

Transport for London is working with councils across the capital to implement them. The Greenwich to Bexleyheath Quietway scheme would run through Edith Nesbit walk, cross Well Hall Road and go down Dunvegan Road.

At the scrutiny meeting on Thursday, Neil Robertson, a representative for the Greenwich Cyclists group, said: “We are not convinced that this is the best route to use.

“The general problem during peak hours is people hurry down Dunvagen Road, it would not be a quiet road, unless you made some serious changes to the road.

“The entrance to it in Well Hall and the exit at the other end at Westmount Road are both difficult junctions.”

Councillor John Fahy, a member of the Overview and Scrutiny panel, said: “If a cycling group is against a scheme that is meant to benefit cyclists, then there must be something wrong.”

But Greenwich council’s assistant director, Graham Nash, said that other cycling groups were in favour of the proposals.

Cllr Drury and Cllr Davis presented an alternative route that would go down Glenlea Road. The scrutiny panel voted three to zero to send the decision back to cabinet to be reconsidered.


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