Greenwich Council 'disgracefully lavishing Eltham's cash' on Woolwich

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GREENWICH Council has been accused of "disgracefully" lavishing cash on Woolwich at the expense of residents in the south of the borough.

It comes after 60 per cent of work from a £1m ring-fenced budget to improve council homes in the south has actually been carried out in Woolwich, Greenwich Conservatives have revealed.

Meanwhile Eltham and New Eltham, in the southern tip of the borough, are getting just four per cent of work from the £931,467.30 Asset Management Package 2500 – which was set up to invest in kitchen and bathroom improvements in the south.

The report also shows a further 13 per cent of kitchen and bathroom jobs from the fund is going on properties in Greenwich town centre and nine per cent in Charlton.

Conservative group leader and Eltham councillor, Spencer Drury, said "It is disgraceful that Labour are using money which is supposed to be for Eltham tenants on Woolwich, Greenwich and Charlton which by any stretch of the imagination are not in the ‘south area’ of the borough.

"This is shocking confirmation that Labour’s priority is Woolwich at the cost of residents in the south."

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He claims the council’s "Woolwich agenda" comes at the cost of Eltham residents where he estimates more than 57 per cent of council flats have damp and mould and urgently need the investment.

But Greenwich Council argues the allegations are "incorrect" and properties earmarked for the £1m kitchen and bathroom improvements already met the Decent Homes standard from previous investment.

A Greenwich Council spokesman said: "Any suggestion that Greenwich Council is not investing in the south of the borough, or has diverted funds from homes needing improvements is not correct. "In fact, thousands of tenants in the south of the borough are benefiting from major improvement works to their homes.

"These erroneous allegations relate to a single scheme of works of £1m to be spent on kitchens and bathrooms."

He added a further £10m funding package is set to start in the south with new roofs on homes in Well Hall Road, Blann Close, Horn Park and Page Estates as well as new windows, front doors and fire safety works on estates such as Strongbow, Pippenhall and Coldharbour.

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11:03pm Wed 12 Mar 14

allday says...

I only hear Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich and Eltham, what about other places? Plumstead, Abbeywood are always forgotten, Decent homes promised us new roofs four years ago, what happened? Nothing. There was scaffolding up for weeks to change the windows, but couldn't be asked any more to do the roof. Now the grass is growing out the guttering, when it rains its like waterfalls and in the last storm roof tiles came off, but nobody is bothered. We are in the last corner of the borough and nobody cares. Even the road sweepers dont come down here and in some places the weed on the roadside is growing so high you could hide a toddler in it.
I only hear Greenwich, Charlton, Woolwich and Eltham, what about other places? Plumstead, Abbeywood are always forgotten, Decent homes promised us new roofs four years ago, what happened? Nothing. There was scaffolding up for weeks to change the windows, but couldn't be asked any more to do the roof. Now the grass is growing out the guttering, when it rains its like waterfalls and in the last storm roof tiles came off, but nobody is bothered. We are in the last corner of the borough and nobody cares. Even the road sweepers dont come down here and in some places the weed on the roadside is growing so high you could hide a toddler in it. allday
  • Score: 5

7:25am Thu 13 Mar 14

TonyMcG says...

The council seem to leave out the regular street cleansing in the Middle Park Estate, They only appear when someone complains, then it is usually a quick sweep and they don't come back until another complaint goes in. I have notified the local councillor about this but that is a waste of my time. Lets get the Labour council out.
There is rubbish along the footpath in parts of Churchbury road for the past 6 weeks.
The council seem to leave out the regular street cleansing in the Middle Park Estate, They only appear when someone complains, then it is usually a quick sweep and they don't come back until another complaint goes in. I have notified the local councillor about this but that is a waste of my time. Lets get the Labour council out. There is rubbish along the footpath in parts of Churchbury road for the past 6 weeks. TonyMcG
  • Score: 2

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