Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
(1) what steps his Department has taken to monitor the implementation
of the funding agreement for the grant awarded by his Department to
the Royal Borough of Greenwich for the refurbishment of Greenwich and
Woolwich foot tunnels;
(2) whether the Royal Borough of Greenwich met the conditions of its
contractual agreement with his Department for the refurbishment of the
Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels. Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb,
6 November 2012, c544W)
Mark Prisk (Hertford and Stortford, Conservative)
The original Community Infrastructure Fund 2 agreement for the
Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels was signed in November 2008
between the Department and the London borough of Greenwich.
The total funding allocation was £11.5 million for the refurbishment
of the Greenwich and Woolwich rotunda, tunnels, stairwells and
replacements of both lifts, including funding the associated
mechanical and electrical works.
In December 2008 delivery and monitoring of the grants were then
passed to Homes and Communities Agency as DCLG's main delivery body.
The agency monitored these grants and were content with progress on
the eligible works it funded. The borough confirmed that all eligible
works funded by the Homes and Communities Agency were completed as per
the conditions of contract and that any remaining works would be
funded from their own resources.
Responsibility for these grants then passed to the Greater London
Authority on 1 April 2012 as part of the wider transfer of the
agency's London responsibilities."
My comment: It seems that responsibility for the oversight of local
government expenditure of £11.5m has been passed on from Government to
Boris Johnson as part of an April Fool's Joke with cyclists on this
part of National Cycle Route One the fall guys.