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