Update on Archery Road

Eltham North Councillor Spencer Drury has been attempting to persaude the Council to introduce traffic calming measures on Archery Road and has sent the following message to the Archery Road residents who have been campaigning vigourously on the issue:

"At the last meeting I had with residents of Archery Road in December we discussed various ways forward. I have followed these up and wanted to update you on the current situation.

This weekend I received a letter from the Council which replied to the specific enquiries that had made.


  • I had mentioned that the number of children using the road to travel to the Eltham Centre during the school day was such that the levels of traffic on it were far too high. In response the Council informed me that there is a Safer Routes to School programme run by Transport for London (TfL) which might be applicable in this situation. I am at a loss to explain why this was not mentioned before, but I understand this has been passed to the Road Safety Unit of Greenwich Council and I have written to Gareth Bacon (the London Assembly Member) to try and follow this up further.
  • Another Council Officer has been asked to look at resurfacing Archery Road and I hope that a reply will be forthcoming on this issue in the near future.
  • On a more positive note, the points about the dangerous exit from the Eltham Centre Car Park were accepted by the Council and a commitment has been given that humps will be installed on the access road to the centre which should reduce entrance and exit speeds to the car park. I hope that this work will be undertaken in the immediate future.
  • Lastly I enquired about the results of the review of the Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) around the station and the centre. I raised this matter with the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter Brooks, who stated in December that the results would be with officers on 19th December 2008 and would then be placed in the public domain. However, I am now informed that this analysis has not been completed and the earliest that it will be due is the end of March. Given that the consultation letters were sent out in July last year, this means that the results will not be published for 9 months, so I hesitate to suggest how long it will take for any sort of action in response to the findings of the survey.

I will continue to push on this issue and I can only apologise for the lack of progress. I remain surprised that the Labour Party on the Council are failing to act on this issue, especially when they are planning to respond to our concerns about the High Street by setting up a regeneration agency with a budget of £250,000 per year for the next four years. Once it becomes clear what the remit of this agency will be, I feel it might be worth approaching them about this ongoing problem.

If you have any further comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Spencer Drury

Cllr for Eltham North"

If any other residents have any comments or suggestions please could they contact Spencer.