November 2009

Improving Sowerby Close

Eltham North Councillor Dermot Poston has held meetings with residents of Sowerby Close to discuss the installation of cameras around the foyer area. Dermot met initially with resident representatives Terry Liddle & Stuart Blakely and subsequently held a further meeting in the Age Concern centre.

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.

Action over basketball court

In response to plans to build six 3-storey houses on the basketball court in Woodlands Park Road, Peninsula Conservatives surveyed the area. While more than 90% of residents opposed the Labour Council’s plans, there were very clear changes needed to the way the basketball court is currently being used.

Action for Commuters

In a meeting with Network Rail, David Gold raised concerns about the overcrowding on many  trains to and from central London at peak times. He sought assurances that longer platforms and more rolling stock would be introduced to improve the comfort of hard pressed commuters. He also met with Transport for London to press the issue of the Blackwall Tunnel tidal flow. David also raised the issue of poor behaviour on trains and buses.

Action in Shrewsbury Park

During the summer members of the Shooters Hill action team met with the Chair of the Friends of Shrewsbury Park to discuss a number of issues. One of the persistent problems experienced

More spin on the Railways

It is two years since local Conservatives highlighted the 24.5% increase in annual season ticket prices to Maze Hill. Now Southeastern trains are removing the direct service from London Charing Cross during the evening rush hour – starting 13th Dec from 18.34 until 21.26 there will be no  direct services serving Deptford, Greenwich, Maze Hill or Westcome Park stations.

Charlie and Malcolm by Chevening Road

Charlie and Malcolm by Chevening Road

A responsible approach to our oceans

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

Standing up for residents over planning & licensing

Your Councillors have been active in fighting unreasonable planning and licensing applications for the ward. Spencer had little success in supporting residents to oppose an application to sell alcohol in the shop on Grangehill Road where the Council’s Licensing Committee completely reversed its previous decision. Dermot was more successful in opposing an application for long

How long does it take to move a shopping trolley?

Conservative Peninsula Action Team member Charlie Easton has spent three months trying to get the Council’s street cleaning team (‘Cleansweep’) to remove some rubbish from the shrubbery of the Park Row car park. A summary of his experience is 4 phone calls, 3 call centre operatives, 2 polite "asks" on the street, 1 manager, 1 meeting and 10 weeks later: Cleansweep Remove a Shopping Trolley!

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.

Conservative plans to stop fly-tipping

Recently residents across the borough have been affected by incidents of fly-tipping.  

Conservatives meet Charlton’s police team

Local Conservatives met with Charlton's Safer Neighbourhood Team to discuss antisocial behaviour problems in and around Charlton Station.

Crossings at Shooters Hill

Maureen Burgess writes: “When David Gold and I went to Woodlands Farm in the summer, one of their biggest worries was how teachers bringing classes of small children, for educational purposes, can safely get them across the very busy and fast moving road of Shooters Hill.

Greenwich’s Labour Council refuses to attend police meetings

Questions from Parliamentary Spokesman Cllr Spencer Drury, have revealed that Greenwich is the only major borough to refuse to attend London police meetings intended to reduce the level of youth violence, anti-social behaviour and disorder.

Labour's hidden programme of cuts

From Spencer Drury, PPC for Greenwich & Woolwich

Housing Waiting List rises by 75% under Labour

Conservatives have established that the waiting list for Council housing in Greenwich has increased by 75% since Labour took power nationally. Since 1997, the number of people on the waiting list has risen from 7,693 to 13,486. This has a particularly bad effect on households in Greenwich where the waiting list is the equivalent of 13.8% of the total number of households.  

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