The end of Greenwich?

London Assembly Conservatives and candidates are leading the fight against Ken Livingstone’s proposals to merge Greenwich into a super-sized Eastern Sub-Region.

London’s local government currently exists in the form of 33 Boroughs, but these would disappear as London is carved up into five regions. The map of the five London Sub-Regions is contained in Livingstone’s London Plan, and the Eastern Sub-Region would comprise the following Boroughs:

The City; Tower Hamlets; Hackney; Newham; Redbridge; Barking & Dagenham; Havering; Bexley; Greenwich; Lewisham.

The population of the Eastern Sub-Region would be 1,994,900 the largest of the five proposed Sub-Regions, whereas 222,300 currently live in Greenwich.

Livingstone’s announcement that he wants five Sub-Regions coincides with the Labour Party inspired idea of setting up a scrutiny committee on the London Assembly designed to look into the size and composition of the London boroughs. This committee is chaired by Greenwich & Lewisham GLA member Len Duvall.

Greenwich & Lewisham’s Conservative GLA candidate, Gareth Bacon (pictured) said:

“Livingstone’s ludicrous proposals for Greenwich will do nothing to improve the quality of life for anyone. This will simply make local government so far removed from ordinary people as to make the word ‘local’ redundant.

It is frankly preposterous to suggest that London’s 33 Boroughs should be replaced by these 5 super Sub-Regions. Livingstone and the Labour Party are working together in order to submerge residents of Greenwich with nearly 2 million other people. This is simply a ruse to ensure that Labour retains control of local government in London and is allowed to deliver higher taxes and failing services on a permanent basis right across London.”