Completing the High Street works opposite the cinema

By | October 23, 2019

The Council have written to local Councillors to keep them informed about planned pavement work on Eltham High Street to the west of Roper Street.  

Cllr Spencer Drury speaks with local resident at the site of the proposed works.

During the Eltham High Street public realm improvements, the pavement opposite the cinema could not be built to the full designed width because road space was needed to allow the new cinema to be built safely. As such the current pavement alignment was built with the intention of widening it on completion of the cinema project to better align road and cycle traffic, provide wider footpaths and plant three new trees in the new widened area.

Changes to plans for the crossing

In addition, the nearby historical pelican (green man) controlled crossing was proposed to be replaced with a “courtesy crossing” as part of the original plans when they were approved. However, over the past 12 months or so a range of local stakeholders have asked for this to be reviewed and for a formal green man controlled crossing be installed as originally. The Council has agreed to this and in the summer made an application to TfL for the permanent installation of a new crossing. TfL’s assessment is underway and we expect a decision shortly.

Eltham Lights Up and Christmas shopping

To avoid clashes with Christmas trading and Eltham Lights Up the Council have prepared two phases of work:

i) kerb realignment works leading up to Roper Street providing wider footways and better alignment of the cycle and traffic lanes

and

ii) installation of new signal infrastructure and commissioning of new crossing point. This email is to notify you of works commencing 28th October 2019 to carry out the kerb realignment works only.

During the works two way traffic will be maintained and works are expected to be completed by 15th November 2019 with working hours between 08:00 – 17:00.

The Council has informed is that it is mindful of Eltham Lights Up in November and the works embargo during December but, if in the event that due to unforeseen circumstances, the works are unable to be completed in time for Eltham Lights Up, the site will be made safe and demobilised until the event has passed. The contractor will then return to complete any remaining works before the December embargo is in effect. Attached is a letter we intend to deliver to locally effected businesses/residents for your information.

Transport for London – Phase 2

For phase two, TfL are currently preparing the signal designs which are to be completed by December 2019 therefore works to install the new signal infrastructure and commissioning of the crossing point will start early in the New Year.

About Spencer Drury

Spencer has been one of the three Councillors for Eltham North Ward since 2002. He is currently one of two Conservative Councillors for Eltham North, being joined by Charlie Davis following a by-election in November 2016. Born in Woolwich, Spencer is a married father of two teenage children who lives on the Eltham side of Shooters Hill. Spencer was first elected to Council in 2002 and has served on Greenwich Council as a Councillor for Eltham North ward since that time. He has worked with a range of excellent fellow Councillors over that period including Dermot Poston, Douglas Ellison, Nigel Fletcher and Charlie Davis. Spencer was Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2006 and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2015. Spencer is an active ward Councillor who has led many campaign locally including for the warm water pool to be included in the Eltham Centre and to restore free parking on western Glenlea Road. Spencer is a Trustee of Eltham United Charities (which provides free housing for older people in Eltham) and the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (which looks after Severndroog Castle). Spencer works at Colfe’s School in Lee where he is currently Director of Sixth Form.

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