Battered Charlton Riverside streets costing Greenwich Council big, report reveals

Flytipping on Charlton Riverside
Flytipping is a big problem in the streets near the Thames Barrier (pic: Neil Clasper)

Greenwich Council has spent £17,000 in the past two years on patching up the battered roads near the Thames Barrier, a report to councillors has revealed.

The poor state of the industrial area at Charlton Riverside has been highlighted by a petition to council leader Danny Thorpe, which complains of fly-tipping, dirt, pavement parking, potholed roads and speeding lorries.

But while the council proposes taking action on bad parking, fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and road repairs, it is pinning its hopes on the redevelopment of the area to secure long-term improvements.

The report will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s highways committee on Wednesday 5 September.

25 people signed the petition, which was handed to the council in July by Woolwich Riverside councillor John Fahy.

Dumped van, Charlton Riverside
Dumped vehicles are another issue in Charlton Riverside (Photo: Neil Clasper)

“[We are] disgusted with the poor conditions of the roads and pavements on Westmoor Street leading to New Lyndenburg Street and surrounding roads,” it says.

It complains of the pavement on Westmoor Street being blocked by parked and damaged cars, making them “totally unusable”, forcing pedestrians to walk in the road. “Can you imagine if somebody were to get killed because of this and Greenwich Council would be held responsible?”

“Multiple skip and rubble lorries carrying hazardous materials” create a “scary and dangerous environment” and “leave an enormous amount of dirt, rubble and mud”, it continues.

It also complains of poor driving and “multiple potholes”, demanding “sensible speed restrictions with penalties and fines issues for those who break the law”.

25 people signed the petition to the council (Photo: Neil Clasper)

The council report notes “the roads in question are often subject to fly-tipping and other illegal activity and there is a history of complex associated issues in the area. It also adds the streets are inspected every three months and that 79 repairs have been carried out in the past two years, costing £17,000.

It also concedes that parking enforcement “has not been regular in the recent past”, with the situation compounded by some markings having been worn away, making them unenforceable.

But the council will not cut the speed limit to 20mph in the area as it “is industrial, not residential”, adding that enforcement is a matter for the police.

The council says fly-tipping is removed within 48 hours (Photo: Neil Clasper)

The report the council will send a letter to businesses, review parking controls in the area before starting to enforce them, and have a one-off dedicated clean-up of the area as soon as pavement parking is cleared. The council will also target abandoned vehicles for removal, warning businesses they cannot use the pavements, and clear illegal advertisements.

In the long term, there will also be a planning review to ensure the businesses are doing what they say they are doing and have the right licences.

But the report adds: “In the longer term as part of the Charlton Masterplan parcels of land in this area are identified for residential development. Whilst this is a long term plan, gradual improvement as a result of development will be secured.”

Charlton riverside
Much of the area is due to see residential redevelopment in coming years (Photo: Neil Clasper)

Photos in this story taken by Neil Clasper on Sunday morning. See the agenda papers for more details of the petition and review.

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