Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Threat to Tunnel Avenue plane trees

Blog visitor Indigo has posted the following item...

May I take advantage of your blog to request the Westcombe Society's support for the local residents' petition to the LBG asking the Council to work together with the local residents to find an alternative to a mass tree cull of all the 50-year-old plane trees?

You can download the petition narrative and form from;


The narrative includes a charming photograph of the plane trees when they were saplings, 50 years ago, complete with haystack in the foreground.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Greenwich Emotion Map

Local residents may be interested in the use of some amazing new tools, bio-mappers, to create an 'emotional map' of the Greenwich Peninsula. You will need to download a copy of Google Earth - now available for both PCs and Macs from;

Google Earth

The Project is fully documented at;

Greenwich Emotion Map

Peninsula.me.uk Project

This Project provides a new way to work with everyone in the Greenwich Peninsula area to build new ways of communicating local information and discussing local issues. Meet other East Greenwich and Peninsula residents and learn about your local area.

Forum@greenwich, 28th February, 2006, 6pm-8pm, or 4th March 2006, 11am-1pm. e-Mail: Forum@greenwich

Greenwich Transport for Sustainable Communities Conference

This is to be held at Greenwich University's Avery Hill Campus from 9.30am-1 pm on March 4th, 2006.

Workshops on Transport and Liveability, Transport Opportunity and Choice, Planning for the future transport needs of the borough.

Details: 020 8921 5915 or eMail emma.o'shea@greenwich.gov.uk

Further update on 108, 129 and 422 bus routes

Following consultations which took place last summer a response to the latest Council's letter of 30th November 2005 has been received from TfL/London Buses.

The revised proposalsd include retaining the 422 on its current routing via Woolwich Road, Blackwall Lane and John Harrison Way. This is likely to be welcomed as good news and reflects the strong views expressed by the Council, local residents and Millennium School parents during the consultation process.

Route 108 will be diverted via Sainsbury's/Odeon, as originally proposed, and supported by the Council, to provide a new direct link between Blackheath Village, Blackheath Standard and Sainsburys.

TfL have turned down the Council's proposals for the new route 129 which were that instead of following all the other routes along the busway through the Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) to North Greenwich, it might run on from Sainsbury's/Odeon via Bugsbys Way and terminate at Charlton Station, thus providing residents of Greenwich and East Greenwich with a direct service to Asda and the new retail stores on both sides of Bugsbys Way, as well as to Sainsburys. The main reason given for turning down this suggestion is the need to provide extra capacity for passengers from the GMV to North Greenwich in the morning peak, although no figures have been provided to quantify this problem, as requested.

There has also been no response to the Council's suggestion that a cost benefit study could be undertaken to examine whether longer distance passengers (eg from Thamesmead, Woolwich and Eltham) could be provided with peak hour express services to North Greenwich to take the pressure off existing routes through the GMV. The proposed changes will result in an additional 11 buses/hour in each direction through the GMV, totalling 39 buses/hour each way (daytime) with route 422 continuing to provide a further 6 buses/hour each way along John Harrison Way.

Should anyone wish to comment on the revised proposals please do so by Friday 17th March 2006, in time for the Council to meet TfL's statutory consultation deadline of 24th March 2006.

Please send any email responses to: aneta.popiel@greenwich.gov.uk

Time to Listen Meeting

The next 'Time to Listen' meeting will be held at St. Alfege Church Hall, SE10 on 28th February at 7.30pm. Andrew Boag from London Buses will be in attendance - and Cllr. Mary Mills (Chair) looks forward to seeing lots of people with interesting and pertinent questions and points to put forward.

eMail: timetolisten@greenwich.gov.uk