GREENWICH COUNCIL has said sorry to cyclists and pedestrians for the ongoing problems resulting from the refurbishment of the foot tunnels at Greenwich and Woolwich.
Speaking at last night's full council meeting, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Denise Hyland, offered "complete apologies" after being questioned from the public gallery by Antony Austin, chair of Greenwich Cyclists.
Hyland said the refurbishment of the hundred-year-old tunnels was a "heritage project", adding:
"We have had decisions to make where hidden structures have been uncovered and further work has been necessary.
"We have put pressure on our contractors and worked with them in positive partnership to bring a swift resolution."
The refurbishment of the foot tunnels, paid for with a grant from central government, was due to be completed by Spring 2011, but is not now expected to be finished until early in 2012.
Protestors make voices heard at meeting
The meeting itself was the first full council meeting for three months and councillors entering the front entrance were met by a group of protestors with a mixed bag of grievances: parents and kids angry about the proposed closure of Blackheath Bluecoat school, volunteers protesting about cuts to the Greenwich Law Centre and trade unionists opposing cuts to services.
A packed public gallery watched on as the meeting was squeezed into an hour long sitting, with councillors due at another meeting in the Greenwich Gallery, on top of the Woolwich Centre, by 7.30pm.
As councillors crossed the road from the Town Hall to the Woolwich centre, they were met by a highly vocal group of children from Blackheath Bluecoat school, chanting "save our school."
The reception in the Greenwich Gallery saw former Conservative group leader Peter King awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Greenwich. Peter King was a councillor from 1978 until standing down before last year's elections. He served at various times as both the leader of the group and the deputy leader.
Video, taken by local journalist Darryl Chamberlain, of councillors crossing from the Town Hall to the Woolwich Centre