September 2009

Deptford and Lewisham hit as Charlotte Turner closes

In September, children who previously attended the newly built Charlotte Turner School in Deptford have been faced with having to move to new schools as Greenwich Council had  taken the decision to close their one.

Cleaning up Greenwich

Greenwich West resident, Mary Harris, writes: “Residents deserve to live in a clean and tidy environment.

Big Yellow Box Decision Ignored

The decision to ignore local opposition and allow a Big Yellow warehouse opposite the Clifton Roundabout was condemned by Eltham Conservatives. Local Councillors ruled against the plans, however, the project was approved by the Planning inspectorate in Bristol.

104 jobs lost to fat cats

Greenwich Council has been allocated £7m to boost employment in the Borough. But Labour chose to use £4m to create 250 new positions lasting just one year. Of the remaining £3m, over half went on management and contingency fees. This means every new job has cost £17,200 to create and a further £4,160 to manage.

Olympics and Greenwich Park

As the process of planning for the Olympics in Greenwich Park moves forward, local Conservatives have been fighting to ensure no damage is done by the events and there are long-term benefits to the borough. Simon Gallie

Middle Park praised

The work of staff and volunteers at Middle Park Community Centre was praised after a visit by David Gold. He had the opportunity to learn more about the packed weekly timetable and the restrictions imposed by health and safety regulations and lack of funding. David said: “Many people, young and old, rely on the Centre. It’s a vital resource.”

Trafalgar Estate Works

Various building work appears to have taken place on the Trafalgar Estate over the last year. Yet very little has been improved externally other than some half-finished wall rebuilding and the removal of the temporary fencing, lock-up container and building debris.

Eltham Green victory!

Residents forced Greenwich Council into a major U-turn after digging a path through the historic Eltham Green without any consultation. They were joined in their opposition by local parliamentary candidate David Gold, who also enlisted Nick Herbert MP, the Shadow Cabinet Minister responsible for the environment.

Conservatives protest over Law Centre closure

At the start of the year Peninsula Conservatives collected 154 signatures on a petition opposing Council plans to centralise all legal advice in Woolwich. As part of these plans Greenwich Community Law Centre would have to move to Woolwich.

No upgrade for Plumstead Manor?

Conservatives have condemned Labour’s handling of the new schools programme for Greenwich Schools. The Labour Council stated that new and refurbished schools would open in Sept 2009, but only 2 out of 5 had been started at that point. Labour had yet to submit a plan for three schools including Plumstead Manor by at the start of term.

Conservatives’ action over event

Following last year’s ‘Run to the Beat’ half-marathon, Cllr Geoff Brighty raised concerns about the chaos caused by road closures and a lack of information to residents. This has led to a commitment that better information will be provided in 2009, with a letter to residents with full road closure details, alternative routes, timings and pre-event and on the day contact details.

Anti-social behaviour problems

Greenwich Conservatives have discovered a substantial fall-off in the number of ASBOs issued in the Borough - down 65% to just six in 2008/09.

Woolwich Estates left to rot

Labour announced plans in February 2006 to demolish 1,000 homes in the Connaught, Morris Walk and Maryon Road/Grove Estates and decided not to undertake any upgrading of the homes on these estates as a result. Having first decided to demolish the estates in 2006, Labour decided that outline plans would be displayed publicly in summer 2008, but by summer 2009 not a single plan had been made.

Safer Neighbourhood Team moves to Coldharbour

After a long wait and search the Coldharbour and New Eltham Safer Neighbourhood Team have moved into their new facilities on Coldharbour estate adjacent to the Library.

Boris puts more police in Woolwich

Boris Johnson’s policing policy meant that this year a new policing team has patrolled around Woolwich Arsenal DLR station. The 9-strong police team is funded entirely by Boris-led organisations and is part of the Mayor’s commitment to increasing the policing of transport hubs all over the capital.

Greenwich Market Saved

In August, the Council’s Planning Board unanimously rejected plans to redevelop Greenwich Market by ripping up the cobbles, replacing a range of historic buildings with a modern bog-standard 5-storey hotel - completely out of character with the rest of historic Greenwich.

Conservatives want more police – Labour want to mislead the public

This year Greenwich Conservatives proposed to increase the number of police on our streets. We proposed an alternative budget to create one extra police team immediately and one later in the year. Labour put party politics first and voted against the plan.  

Woolwich Ferry upgrade

TfL say that the current ferries and landing stages are “coming to the end of their life” Boris Johnson’s TfL inherited the ferries as part of a deal the Labour Council signed with his predecessor, and their plans include replacement of the ferries and a full upgrade of facilities.

Conservatives lead protest over Lido summer closure

Greenwich Conservatives have expressed anger at the Labour Council’s decision to close  Hornfair Lido for the school summer holidays. In July, local Conservatives, led by Parliamentary Candidate Spencer Drury presented a petition to Council and called for the reopening of the Lido for August – a call rejected by Charlton’s Labour Councillors.

Conservatives support our local libraries

In 2008/9 Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst was part of the Libraries Committee, set up to improve ourlibraries. As a result of the Committee’s report, refurbishment plans have been made for five libraries around the borough, including New Eltham library.

Labour’s new schools fiasco

Greenwich Conservatives have been pressuring Labour about their failure to keep their  promise to build new secondary schools for our children. Labour had said all the schools would be open in September 2009, but not a single one has been built.  

Conservatives keep up pressure over High Street

In August, Conservatives revealed that the Eltham Regeneration Agency (ERA) promised by Labour as part of their budget in February had still to employ a single person. The ERA was proposed as part of Labour’s budget and should have received £250,000 a year for four years.

Immigration concerns aired at public meeting

Residents packed a meeting to hear Conservative plans to bring an end to uncontrolled immigration. The Shadow Immigration Minister, Damian Green MP, was invited by David Gold, Eltham’s Conservative parliamentary candidate.

David’s survey of local people indicated this was their number one concern. The Conservatives would strictly limit

Conservatives support Old Dover Road shops

Local Conservatives have been supporting traders in the Old Dover Road Shopping Parade.  Last time, Greenwich Council raised the rent by an unacceptable 40%. Conservatives are calling for a rent freeze this year, to help Blackheath small businesses.

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