Kidbrooke with Hornfair

Plans for Hornfair Lido sink without trace

The Labour Council’s plans for a £10m investment in the Charlton Lido lay in tatters this week after Greenwich Conservatives Leader Spencer Drury forced them to admit in public that the development would not go ahead as planned.

Canvassing in Kidbrooke with Hornfair

David Gold, Cllr Drury, Cllr Dickinson and other team members asked people living along Wricklemarsh Road and Eastbrook Road the ideas which the new Conservative lead Government has brought in.

Transport situation gets worse

Poor local transport services continue to hinder Kidbrooke commuters. The 89 bus service is still presenting problems to those wishing to travel to and from Blackheath and the 486 seems to take forever on its journey to North Greenwich, often more than 30 minutes.

Concerns over the Green Chain

The amount of rubbish building up along the Green Chain Link has come in for sharp criticism from Kidbrooke councillor Graeme Coombes. Graeme lives right next to the Link, which runs past Mansergh Close and along Hornfair Park and has often seen examples of random fly tipping and a general accumulation of litter.

Threat to youth club

After residents wrote to Cllr Coombes about rumours that Orchards Youth Club on the Brook Estate might close, Graeme sought answers from the responsible Cabinet member, asking her to guarantee the youth club's future. She refused to do so, giving residents cause to think that the Council may close the centre.

Lido shambles continues

After the Council's failure to agree to public pressure to reopen the Lido earlier this Summer, Cllr Graeme Coombes sought a meeting with Council Officers to clarify the situation. This meeting raised more questions than it answered, and despite the closure, no work is taking place at the Lido with no prospect of anything happening in the near future.

Graeme Coombes

Graeme was elected to Greenwich Council during 2006-2010. Graeme is Conference Director and Head of Division for an international exhibitions and events company.  In May 2011, one year after losing his seat in Greenwich, Graeme was elected to Bedford Borough Council for Wilshamstead Ward.

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.

Spencer visits Charlton Lido

During the Summer, when the Lido was closed to the public, Cllr Spencer Drury (Parliamentary Candidate for Greenwich and Woolwich) visited the Blackheath based swimming club which used the pool on a regular basis.

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