March 2010

Conservatives help to clean up Avery Hill Park

Local Conservative campaigner Adam Thomas recently joined members of the Friends of Avery Hill Park to help with a community litter pick.  File 490

Changing Trains

Southeastern publicity for recent timetable changes promoted them as providing a better service but the picture is a mixed one locally. Off peak those using Maze Hill and Westcombe Park no longer have direct services to Charing Cross while at Blackheath although there are more off peak services, the number of trains in the crucial peak time have been cut. Southeastern say they have been obliged to do this by contractual requirements imposed by the Labour Government. A petition to the Prime Minister has produced no improvement to the service.

Conservatives plan to cut crime in Woolwich

Woolwich suffers from high levels of violent crime and an existing Labour Councillor has described their Woolwich ward as the ‘murder capital of Greenwich’. However, not only have the Labour run Council failed to improve our safety but are planning to take even more police off the streets.

Neglect leaves tower block in tatters

It is described as cell block H by local residents, and there is a feeling among the tenants that Labour have given up on them. One lady informed the Abbey Wood Action Team “People are always using drugs on the communal stairs, and the elderly residents feel afraid to leave their flats.” This place has danger written all over it and the sanitation issues are unbearable.

Charlton Post Office: Update

Earlier this month, Charlton Conservatives opposed the extension to Charlton Church Lane post office.  The planning committee approved the building of flats on top of the post office and offered the developers, without solicitation, twenty days to complete the building works when they only requested two weeks.

Malcolm and friends delivering in Annandale Road

Peninsula 2010 Council Candidate Malcolm Reid with Greenwich Conservatives Team members in Annandale Road, SE10.

John Antcliffe – 1961-2010

Greenwich Conservatives regret to announce that John Antcliffe has passed away at the age of 48. John represented Blackheath Ward on Greenwich council between 1986-1990. He also stood as the Conservative Party Candidate in the 1987 Greenwich by-election before standing again as Conservative Candidate for Greenwich in the 1987 General Election.

Practical Support for our Armed Services

File 480 Greenwich Conservatives have made a positive commitment to provide support to Armed Forces Service leavers in the Borough by counting their time in the Services towards an allocation for housing.  

Conservatives support residents on housing

Cllr Eileen Glover has been working closely with residents in Hambledown Road and Greenhithe Close regarding Greenwich Council's proposals for housing development in the area.

David Gold & Justine Greening MP talk to local shop owners

David Gold (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham) and Justine Greening MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields listen to the concerns of local shopkeepers about their business and the state of the economy.

- 15th March 2010

Accidents on Court Road

Councillors Glover and King were successful in getting yellow lines painted on one side of Court Road. Thanks to the perseverance of some local residents part of the accident black spot area near Tarnwood Park/Woodmere is now surfaced with anti-skid material.

Huntsman Sports Club

Plans to develop the club, situated on Blackheath's Cator Estate, and its playing fields are causing concern among local residents. Conservatives have always supported the retention of the playing fields in Manor Way and Blackheath Park and the protection of their Metropolitan Open Land status.

Labour abandons the Thames Gateway

Labour has stopped participating in the Thames Gateway organisation which worked to improve employment, transport, housing and regeneration of those areas which border the Thames (including Greenwich and Woolwich). 

Despite considering it ‘extremely successful’, the Labour run Council thinks our waterfront communities no longer need its support and funds.


Labour council fails its tenants

Charlton Conservatives recently visited St. Pauls Close, Fairfield Grove, where council tenants are awaiting works to standardise them according to the Decent Homes scheme.

Residents expressed dissatisfaction at the length of time the works have taken to start.  James Garry was shown examples of homes which the council has allowed to fall into a shocking state of disrepair.

Conservatives concerned over Charlton Church Lane post office

Charlton Conservative James Garry attended the Woolwich & Thamesmead Planning & Environment Committee to monitor the Committee's decision on the development of Charlton Church Lane post office to accommodate flats above the Post Office.  The meeting took place on the 3rd of March 2010.

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.

Middle Park & Sutcliffe Conservatives oppose development on Huntsman's Field

With sufficient brown field sites in the borough, the Middle Park and Sutcliffe Conservatives will fight any development on Huntsman's field. Conservative Candidate Dr Arujuna Sivananthan wants to see the site returned to its original use as a playing field for community use.

David Gold, Conservative PPC for Eltham and Dr Arujuna Sivananthan doing the Blackheath Rail Survey

David Gold and Conservative Council candidate Dr Arujuna Sivananthan conducting the Blackheath Rail Survey to discover the impact of the cut in train services by South Eastern trains on passengers using Blackheath Train Station. Dr Arujuna Sivananthan slammed the reduction in train services as being the result of an "indolent Labour government which pays scant regard to the welfare of the residents in South East London and the self-absorbed Labour run Greenwich Council whose only aspiration is to retain power at the expense of residents".

The Middle Park & Sutcliffe Team with David Gold, Conservative PPC for Eltham

Left to Right: David Brinson, Dr Arujuna Sivananthan, David Gold and Patricia Gillard discussing local issues down Horn Park Lane

Cleaning up our streets

Local Conservative David Brinson writes: “Since I started campaigning to be a councillor, I have met numerous residents who share many of the same concerns. The state of their streets is probably one of the most talked about issues, with many people citing dog fouling, graffiti and littering as being especially big concerns.

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