Greenwich Conservatives raise Olympic barrier concerns

Greenwich Conservatives have raised concerns over the placing of barriers on the route to the Olympic Events in Greenwich Park.  Traders have complained that the barriers in the town centre and Olympic volunteers have directed spectators away from the market and other shops, leading to a fall in expected trade.

Councillor Nigel Fletcher, Opposition Spokesman for the Olympics in Royal Greenwich, spoke to traders in the area during the days following the start of events, and raised their concerns with LOCOG and Council staff.  Following these discussions, LOCOG agreed to remove some of the barriers and to instruct volunteers to advertise the market and local businesses to visitors.

Councillor Fletcher said:

"The barrier issue was a real concern in the opening days of events in Greenwich Park.  Traders had been very enthusiastic about having the Olympics on their doorstep, and felt let down by the negative effect on trade.  I'm pleased some of the worst issues have been addressed, but there are still ongoing problems that are harder to solve.  I am also looking into reports that market stall rents were increased for the duration of the Games, which certainly doesn't help.  The images of Greenwich beamed around the world have been amazing, and can make us all proud, but it is vital that local people and businesses are taken into consideration."