By Rachael Griffiths
Residents are fuming after road closures have caused jams and delays.
Families living in and around Greenwich Park have been hit hard by measures part of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme.
The road closures are designed to reduce traffic as the borough aims to reach net zero carbon emissions.
The introduction of new cycling lanes has also gone off track, with many questioning the design and practicality of such lanes.
London Ambulance service, the Met and London Fire Brigade all voiced concerns over the delays caused by the road blocks in 2020.
Disability groups, including London Vision, also claim they were not consulted about the proposed road changes.
Greenwich council leader Danny Thorpe said in March 2021: “The needs of the emergency services are taken into account and we work closely with them.”
Greenwich Road Closures are a group of residents opposing the LTNs and the council’s current (and proposed) traffic reduction schemes, and have protested.
Residents are also angry that Greenwich councillor, Danny Thorpe, has blocked people on Twitter who try to get in touch with him about it.
He has not responded to an open letter sent to him from Greenwich Road Closures on behalf of 2500 residents wanting to schedule a meeting with him.
Local MP and shadow minister for climate change Matthew Pennycook, who has gone on record to support the schemes, has also blocked people on Twitter.
A statement from the leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Sustainability and Transport read: “We understand that not all these proposals have been universally popular and we have received some real concerns about how some of the proposed schemes would work.
“I would like to assure residents and businesses that we are hearing those concerns and will ensure these inform decisions that we take […] I have also been talking to our teams at the Council about how we can improve the way we engage with our communities on projects like this in the future.
“I have asked officers to begin developing plans for deeper engagement at a local level, looking at methods such as citizens juries to ensure that the views heard are representative of all residents.”
LTNs were approved as Covid emergency measures by Transport secretary Grant Shapps in March 2020, and South London labour councils took them up with enthusiasm. “
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