Woolwich and Greenwich foot tunnel group seeks members after £11.5m refurbishment farce (From News Shopper)
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Woolwich and Greenwich foot tunnel group seeks members after £11.5m refurbishment farce
A NEW group supporting the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels is looking for members following the debacle of the crossings' £11.5m refurbishment.
The works, which began in March 2010, have been beset by delays and remain unfinished while newly installed lifts in Greenwich have proved unreliable and the original contractors have been sacked by Greenwich Council.
Meanwhile, an independent review of the mess commissioned by the council late last year has failed to materialise and will not be appearing anytime soon.
When asked about the report at a meeting earlier this month cabinet member for regeneration Councillor Denise Hyland said it was "too early to say" when it would be published
She said: "In discussion with our independent expert, we're realising that actually the most important thing is to get on and get those tunnels completely finished."
Now writer Dr Francis Sedgemore and Greenwich Cyclists member Ian Blore are looking for people to come together and form a group which will keep a careful eye on the tunnels' progress.
Dr Sedgemore said: "Local people have had enough of the mismanagement of this invaluable community asset.
"We are now rallying together in celebration and defence of the tunnels, and in early September will formally launch the Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels.
"The aim of this new community group is to promote the use and enjoyment of the Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels, and to oversee and hold to account those responsible for them.
"Together we will work to ensure a high standard of maintenance, appearance and access to the tunnels, represent all tunnel users – pedestrians and cyclists together – and, with the rapid economic growth of the Isle of Dogs and Newham, lobby for the importance of the tunnels as a transport facility."
The group's inaugural meeting takes place on September 5 at the 10 Centre, Tarves Way, Greenwich, starting at 7pm. All are welcome.
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