Deputy Mayor backs call for urgent resolution of Ladywell chaos

Earlier this month, a group of Ladywell businesses demanded a quick resolution of the town centre roadworks, which are running behind schedule and damaging their trade. El, from El's Kitchen writes, following her meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Lewisham, the Head of Transport and Tom Connell from Conway, the contractor carrying out the work:

- Conway have a three year, rolling retainer contract with Lewisham Council to carry out new highways work and any maintenance required under a certain job value (approx £1m). They were awarded this job without needing to tender for it and there are no penalties for delays or poor quality work (they just have to re-do the work at their expense). The budget for the work was £700,000 and they have been paid approx £600,000 to date. They are paid in stages by the size of the area they complete so there is effectively no incentive at all for them to meet any timescale given to them.

- The Deputy Mayor expressed his concern with the level of mis-management and poor decision-making by Conway and had witnessed some of the lack of urgency for himself. It was ironic that he was 10 minutes late for the meeting, blaming traffic congestion in Catford due to the diversions away from Ladywell Road.

- The Deputy Mayor was shocked by the level of negative impact that the delays are having on local businesses and urged Conway to meet the new date for Ladywell Road to be re-opened of mid-October. 

- Conway promised to give us an on-site point of contact that any member of the public may speak to. This is Mick Malloney and he has now been introduced to the majority of business owners.

- Conway promised to give us a detailed program of site works with timelines that traders can share with their customers. The first of these was produced on Thursday last week and shows a daily schedule of where works are being carried out to the road and pavements for the next week. They will also post this somewhere on the site for the public to access. We hope Conway will continue to gives us a weekly update going forward.

Since our meeting, work appears to be progressing a quite a pace, with many more workers on site daily and activity continuing on Saturdays and Sundays, so this is a great result. The stretch of Ladywell Road from the junction with Algernon Road to Malyons Road has been re-opened for access to Malyons Road and many of the unsightly and confusing barriers have now been removed from this area. The workmen have also cleared away much of the rubbish and unnecessary materials from the site, making it much easier, safer and cleaner for pedestrians to circulate. 

However, low footfall is still an issue for all the shopkeepers in Ladywell and we urge you to come down and visit the shops while the construction work is being completed, as it would be very sad to see any of us go out of business due to continued, unsustainable losses.

9 comments:

Iain said...

But if they don't get paid until they complete a given area, doesn't that mean there is incentive to be quick? Are Conway being inept and getting away with it or taking the council for a ride? Or both?

Headhunter said...

If they've been paid £600k of the full £700k fee, there's not much financial incentive left to hurry through the works, sounds like they've more or less been fully paid for the job. As there are no penalties for delaying the work, it makes total business and financial sense to divert workers away from that project onto something they may benefit financially from and let this project take as long as it takes. Whether it makes sense in terms of relationship with their client (the council) and local people is another matter...

brockley man said...

Its just incompetent. Who pays up front nearly all the money for work that is not finished!
Why should Conway finnish on time if they have been payed!

terrencetrentderby said...

Tell that to Steve "Fingers" Bullock and his band of merry men at LC.

Headhunter said...

Absolutely. The way this work has been structured by the council it's absolutely no surprise at all that Conways couldn't give a cr@p anymore. There's literally no incentive to get the job done. They've been paid most of the fee up front, there is no penalties for shoddy workmanship and no penalty for delays. From Conways viewpoint it makes absolute sense to allocate very little time and effort to this project, just keeping it ticking over and divert manpower and time to contracts which DO have penalties and which HAVEN'T paid up front....

bradycath said...

They've worked EVERY Sat and Sun since it started, didn't make it any quicker!!

Tuna Melt said...

Typical of a labour run council in every way. Get Boris to sort it out!

Anon said...

February 2013

"A DEPTFORD councillor has resigned just one week before he would have been disqualified for his "appalling" attendance rate at meetings.

Labour's Councillor Joseph Folorunso, who receives an annual allowance of £9,812....

Chair of the Labour Group Councillor Vicky Foxcroft said: "Joseph has taken an incredibly difficult but honourable personal decision to step down as a councillor. I respect his decision and we wish him and the orphanage well."

September 2013

"ALL Labour councillors in Lewisham must now sign a contract before standing, the party has revealed, after criticism over some members' poor attendance.

Councillor Anne Affiku, who represents Forest Hill ward, currently has the worst attendance record, turning up at only 29 per cent of meetings this year."
It's only taken about 10 years after the scandal of the 'local' councillor who lived 400 miles away.

Judge Rudy said...

if course there is no incentive, the money is essentially already in the bank, when i am working as a sparks, i can't afford to doodle about because i get replaced by another contractor who will crack on with the job, but this money is guaranteed, they can't get thrown off of a part finished job and then have to justify payment for the amount they have completed, they can sit back and have the attitude 'its done when its done, i'm getting the money anyway'

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