Council provides update on Eltham Park South toilet refurbishment

By | October 28, 2019

Over time all three Eltham North Councillors have been asking for updates on the slow pace of work at the toilets in Eltham Park South (behind the café).  On these non-political issues we invariably try to work together and following a recent enquiry from Councillor Linda Bird, the Council has informed us that they too are disappointed with the pace of the work.

Your Councillors have been informed that there was a delay at the beginning of this project, as the contractor the Friends of Eltham Park South identified to do the work, were not set up on the Council’s payment system. Before starting the work, the contractor requested part payment to cover material costs before they could start the work.  Unfortunately this request for the cost of materials to be covered delayed the project by a number of weeks, as the Council’s Procurement Team had to carry out their necessary checks before part payment for the materials could be made.

Councillor Spencer Drury pointing out that the work was late in being completed then he visited the park in July.

In addition, further delay occurred as advice was needed from the Council’s Building Control before the works could begin.

During October, the contractor finished the men’s toilet which is now available for use. 

Work has been slower on the new disabled toilet, where a door has been specially made and when delivered, the contractor will then be able to start work knocking through a new opening into the building for the new disabled toilet facilities. This work is expected to take approximately 7 to 10 days.

Once the disabled toilet is completed, work will start on the ladies toilet and this is expected to take a further 7 to 10 days.

The same notice sign was showing signs of wear in October (and you can see the door for the new disabled toilet had not been started yet).

Council Officers have tried to ensure that throughout the works there has been (and will continue to be) at least one set of toilets available to ensure park visitors access to toilet facilities in the park. The Council’s Parks Team have also been visiting the works regularly to ensure that the work will be completed reasonably soon. 

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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