Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Petition Responses

Decision:

Noted the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

Minutes:

The Mayor stated he had received requests from three of the lead petitioners to speak.

 

The Mayor invited John Hayes to address Council in relation to the petition response setout in section 6 of the report.

 

Mr Hayes explained to Council the noise he had suffered from the ongoing works. He refuted that all complaints had been dealt with and related his experience of making a complaint to Environmental Health. He felt there was no accountability and he requested Council to reject the response.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury commented that he was not sure that all residents would agree with the response in the report and he asked if the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability would look at the matter and see if it was possible to improve procedures and acknowledge the problems that residents had had in the situation and see if there was a better way of doing it.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability apologised for the disruption to people, the Council had to tried to minimise the work but clearly there had been an impact. What had been experienced was unacceptable. He offered sincere apologies to Mr Hayes and his family for the disruption. He said what the Council needed to understand was why complaints had not been responded to as they should have, and he would work with the Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Anti-Fraud to sort that out, and he would work with the Director of Regeneration and Enterprise to ensure that the remainder of the works, which were nearly finished, if they were in an around Roper Street that they not take place in anti-social hours

 

The Mayor invited Terry Russell to address Council in relation to the petition response set out in section 7 of the report

 

Mr Russell referred to a map of the roads immediately surrounding the park which had been circulated to the Mayor and the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment and suggested a system could be set up to interrupt the motorcyclists. He was getting frustrated that he was not getting any feedback. He asked if the Royal Borough of Greenwich could work the London Borough of Bexley on the matter.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment informed Mr Russell the response was from the Police, rather than from the Council, and it was predominately a Police issue. Roads were not the responsibility of the Parks section. Police had limited resources and were not allowed to pursue in case there were claims about fatal accidents. She would liaise with the Police, and talk with Highways section see if something could be put in roads to slow them down, but she emphasised it was for the Police to liaise with Bexley.

 

The Mayor invited Steve Butcher in relation to the petition response as set out in section 9 of the report

 

Mr Butcher thanked the Council for the response and asked what were the timescales for the implementation of the CPZ.

 

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities said that a written reply would be sent to Mr Butcher.

 

The Mayor asked if any Members wished to speak on the other petition responses.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury, spoke in relation to the petition response set out in section 5 of the report. He noted residents were not generally not too keen on speed humps and it was excellent news that the 20mph limit would be brought in. He queried if residents monitoring could be pioneered in Crookston Road. Residents had informed him that Officers had committed to producing a report looking at the options to address rat running and speeding and he requested that the report be circulated to Ward Councillors when completed.

 

Councillor Mark Elliott, spoke in relation to the petition response set out in section 8 of the report. He noted works were nearing completion in Eltham High Street but the issue of parking was not going away. With the Eltham Cinema coming up they needed to be creative about how they tackled parking. There was some private land around Passey Place and Elizabeth Terrace; could they encourage car sharing amongst employees of the Town Centre’s businesses; could they communicate about where there was parking and what the options were. Improvements should not be at the cost of hampering business. Eltham Cinema could create additional pressures, they needed to think how to tackle that and not repeat the mantra of that we’ve had to reduce spaces

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability said the Cinema was part of a massive investment to revitalise and enhance Eltham High Street. They were aware there was an issue of getting people to the cinema in the most appropriate way and they would be talking with the operator and with residents and with parking section to the find the best solution. Enforcement was part of the issue and resources had been put in to deal with that. When the work was finished and after the six monthly review of the extension CPZs to understand how they impact on the high street then they would take stock. The Council was committed to resolving the issue.

 

Resolved -

 

That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Councilbe noted.

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