Local Liberal Democrats have accused Greenwich Council of showing excessive deference to developers, Berkeley Homes, with the risk that residents in areas next to the Kidbrooke development will have to walk further to catch a bus.
Following the demolition of the Ferrier Estate, Berkeley Homes will be blocking off Moorhead Way and Tudway Road which run around the perimeter of the Estate and are used by the 178 and B16 bus routes. Residents from Brooklands Park and Meadowside nearby have for many years used bus stops on these roads to travel to Eltham, Lewisham and Woolwich.
Berkeley Homes and Greenwich Council have proposed that in future the buses should run straight along Kidbrooke Park Road, thus meaning a much longer walk to their nearest bus stop for many people. Liberal Democrat campaigner Paul Webbewood says, "Greenwich Council has been very complacent about this.
"When planning permission was granted in 2009 to demolish the Ferrier Estate, Transport for London flagged up the issue of the two bus routes and asked that something be done to enable them to maintain bus stops within 400 metres of most people's homes. However, the Council has allowed Berkeley Homes to press on regardless.
"The Council should now insist on facilities to allow buses to travel through the middle of the new development and not just along Kidbrooke Park Road."