Greenwich & Woolwich

Conservatives demand answers on festival funds

Greenwich Conservatives have expressed concern about the amount of taxpayers' money being spent on this summer's Greenwich Festivals, as grants are cut to other arts groups in the Borough.

Overcrowding to become a fact of life as Greenwich fails to plan for children’s futures

At a meeting of Greenwich Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday, Labour Councillors agreed to spend in excess of £45m patching up and installing portacabins in primary schools across the borough as they searched for extra places for primary age children.


Celebrating Greenwich's new Scout District

Councillor Nigel Fletcher, Deputy Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, attends the Scouts' "Hullabaloo" fun day at Blackheath Rugby Club, Kidbrooke Lane. The event marked the formation of Greenwich's new Borough-wide Scout District, combining Scout groups from Greenwich, Woolwich and Eltham.

Police focus to shift from gangs to serious youth crime

At Tuesday’s Safer and Stronger Community meeting in the Woolwich Town Hall Councillors received a report from the Violent and Organised Crime Unit (VOCU) which is funded by the Council but part of the Greenwich Police force.  Conservatives have backed the VOCU in the Council’s budget and were pleased to hear about its success to date.


Conservative government frees Council from target-driven strait-jacket

At the Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Thursday evening (10th March), Conservative Councillors welcomed the end to many of the targets which the previous Labour government had set to measure the efficiency of Councils.

Music event on Blackheath

The decision by Lewisham Council's Licensing Committee to allow a two day music event on their part of Blackheath in 2011 - and every year thereafter - has astonished many local residents. An appeal has been launched against the decision and is scheduled to be heard starting on 3rd March at Bromley Magistrates Court.

Changes to Greenwich Council Planning Committee

Planning Changes

At Council on 26th January Blackheath Westcombe Conservative Councillors spoke against an increase in the number of objections from two to eight needed to trigger referral of applications to Planning Committees  The intention is to save money. 

Cllr Spencer Drury meets representatives of the South London Free School group

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Spencer Drury met with Emrah Coskun and Jane Schubert of the South London Free School today.  The group aim to open a Free School in Woolwich to help serve the communities there.  You can visit their website at 

Report back on January's Council Meeting

The January Council meeting felt a lot like the calm before the storm as the proposed Council budget is bought before members in the next month (or so, as the date keeps being shifted).  There were serious items on the agenda and some which were relatively uncontroversial. 


Exam results in Greenwich

Over the last few years, Labour’s Greenwich Council has trumpeted great strides forward in terms of education in our schools based on rapidly increasing GCSE results.  However the latest measure published by the new Conservative Minister for Education Michael Gove suggests that this increase is an illusion and educational standards remain very much unchanged.



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