October 2013

Conservatives call on Southeastern to improve customer service

Conservative Councillors for Blackheath Westcombe Cllr Geoff Brighty and Cllr Alex Wilson have written to Southeastern railways criticising their handling of train delays caused by Network Rail earlier this week

Cllr Spencer Drury joins David Cameron in Supporting Small Business Saturday

Greenwich Conservatives are asking for the end of Greenwich Council's 'Pavement Tax' at the Council meeting tonight. This is part of a national programme to support small business which is being promoted by the Prime Minister.

Thameslink Information "Event" - too low key

Blackheath Westcombe residents who use the Greenwich line are concerned about the effect the Thameslink Programme will have on their train services and so would have welcomed the news that an information event was to be held at stations on the line. However, Blackheath Westcombe Councillor, Geoff Brighty, has said he was disappointed by what he saw at Westcombe Park Station.

Revised Lovells Wharf Proposal Rejected

Greenwich Council's Planning Board, unanimously, rejected plans to substantially increase the number of residential units and to increase the height of riverside blocks on a development already underway at Lovells Wharf.

Conservatives launch campaign to Mend The Mound

The Conservative team in Coldharbour & New Eltham ward have this weekend launched a campaign to force the council to take long-overdue action to regenerate The Mound shopping area. The Mend The Mound petition is supported by local shopkeepers and comes at a time when residents are increasingly frustrated by the Labour-run council's neglect of the south of the borough.

Secretary of State backs call for greater openness in Greenwich

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has backed calls to open up Greenwich Council meetings to greater public scrutiny.

Claimant number for Job Seekers Allowance fall across Greenwich

As unemployment falls nationally Greenwich has seen the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) fall substantially. Broken down by constituency, numbers claiming JSA in Eltham have fallen 15.2% in the last quarter, with falls of 14.3% in Greenwich & Woolwich and 8.7% in Erith and Thamesmead.

Conservatives Attend Air Pollution Public Meeting

Wednesday evening (16th October) Deputy Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Nigel Fletcher and 2014 Conservative Candidate for Blackheath Westcombe Thomas Turrell attended the ‘No to Silvertown Tunnel’ public meeting to listen to the evidence against the tunnel.

Cycling suffers as Greenwich Council misses another deadline

Greenwich Conservatives have once again raised concerns over the Labour Council’s competence and its understanding of democracy after an important plan for improving cycling in the Borough was submitted late and without any democratic oversight.

Conservatives aim for Labour Council to withdraw its ‘Pavement Tax’

Greenwich Conservatives announced their intention to propose the abolition of the Labour-run Council’s ‘Pavement Tax’ at a meeting of traders from across the borough in East Greenwich last week. Conservative Leader Cllr Spencer Drury was joined by a representative of Federation of Small Businesses at the meeting where shops like ‘The Creaky Shed’ discussed the impact the charge would have on their businesses.
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