It’s been about five weeks now since the river end of Peartree Way in Greenwich was shut off for a baffling new phase of Greenwich Millennium Village, offering unrivalled views of aggregate works and a recycling plant.
Somewhat left cut off by all this was Greenwich Yacht Club, which since 1998 has sat proudly at the end of Peartree Way, but will now sit behind the new housing, to be accessed through an archway.
In the meantime, a little road has been built around the building site. It’s an absurdly narrow road, with tight corners, a single pavement and no thought given to how cyclists navigate it to get to the riverside cycle path. The hoardings also obscure the yacht club – confusing visitors to what’s a hugely popular private hire venue.
Some belated measures have been put in to make this dimly-laid out road a little less dangerous, like mirrors so drivers can see what’s ahead. And some little signs were put up for “Greenwhich Yacht Club”. They were swiftly replaced with some ones that spelled “Greenwich” correctly.
But little A4-sized signs weren’t good enough. So new signs have gone up today. Nothing could go wrong with those, surely?
Oh. But they wouldn’t make that mistake twice, would they?
But nobody would be as incompetent as to order the installation of three huge wrongly-spelled signs, would they? Er…
You can also just see that the signs on the Thames Path still point the wrong way, five weeks after a local councillor started chasing it up and three weeks after I made my own complaint to Greenwich Council. You know, it’s enough to make you want to start a blog about how shambolic everything is around here…
(Saturday update: The signs were replaced on Friday, following a visit from local councillor Mary Mills and regeneration cabinet member Denise Hyland.)