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Eltham South ward

Eltham South ward covers Eltham Palace and the area to the south of Eltham High Street, Eltham Heights, Avery Hill and parts of New Eltham.

News from Eltham South ward

  • A tweet by Labour activist Simon Christie
    Article: May 16, 2014
    By Paul Chapman

    Commuting to work this morning I read that Greenwich is the 4th safest Labour borough in London. Wasn't at all surprised at this of course, Greenwich borough is a sea of Red with a small Blue enclave around Eltham. And with the coalitions cuts proving unpopular and the rise of UKIP, Labour activists are confident that even those few Conservative councillors could be swept away.

  • Stewart Christie (NewsShopper.co.uk)
    Article: May 6, 2014
    By Stewart Christie

    Today I awoke to the news that I'd won a "Clean Air in Cities 2014" award by the Clean Air in London campaign and I couldn't think of a better 40th birthday present.

    It's been a long journey over the last few years since the plans for the Silvertown Tunnel and Gallions Bridge began to gain traction. It's been a team effort and apart from Darryl Chamberlain and Alan Haughton (who also won "Clean Air in Cities 2014" awards) there are many people from across east and south-east London, and beyond, who have helped along the way.

  • Article: Apr 11, 2014
    By Stewart Christie

    Greenwich Liberal Democrats have today launched their first ever Party Political Broadcast ahead of the May 22nd, 2014 local elections.

  • Greenwich Lib Dems logo
    Article: Apr 11, 2014
    By Stewart Christie

    The Greenwich Liberal Democrats launched their manifesto for the May 22nd local elections last night.

    "Liberal Democrats are giving you a real choice at the Greenwich Borough local elections on 22nd May.

    "We want to change things for the better in this borough, and we have strong policies to achieve that. Our party can give you a voice in your area, with councillors who represent you and work for you.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    We regret to announce that, for personal reasons and with immediate effect, Chris Smith has resigned as chair of Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats and as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Greenwich & Woolwich constituency.

    Please direct any enquiries to Andy Smith on 07740 923 097.

  • 2015 PPCs for Greenwich Borough
    Article: Apr 2, 2014

    Greenwich Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that candidates have been selected to stand for the party at next year's General Election for the constituencies of Eltham and Erith & Thamesmead.

    Eltham - Alex Cunliffe

    Alex has lived in London since 2003, becoming a school governor for a pioneering Early Years Centre soon after moving in to Greenwich Borough. He is a self-employed barrister, as well as a non-executive director of a national firm of solicitors and has previously worked in industry. Alex is married to an NHS Clinical Scientist and has two young children.

  • Gallions Bridge
    Article: Mar 16, 2014
    By Stewart Christie

    With much attention focused on Greenwich Council and Transport for London's desire for two new bores at North Greenwich to form a new Silvertown Tunnel you could be forgiven for not knowing about plans for the east of our borough.

    After intensive lobbying from Labour-controlled Greenwich and Newham councils through their 2012-13 "Bridge the Gap" campaign, TfL are set to launch a new consultation on options for a replacement of the Woolwich Ferry with a fixed-link crossing between Thamesmead and Gallions Reach at the top of the list.

  • Article: Nov 6, 2013
    By Chris Smith

    As you probably know, Greenwich Borough is infamous for its poor air quality, and has been for years. Research and monitoring which we have seen in connection with the River Crossings debate reveals that it is not just the riverside, but also the higher parts of the borough, that have illegal levels of emissions. Our massive roads, as well as the geography of the area, do not help and buses are a big contributor to the problem.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2013
    By Chris Smith

    After several months of local party consultation, culminating in an executive committee summit over the weekend, Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats (GBLD) have issued a detailed policy response to the TfL proposals for new river crossings in Greenwich Borough. GBLD have come out in strong opposition to any new road or ferry crossings in Greenwich Borough itself, whilst agreeing that crossings further east may be necessary if evidence is found to support a case for them. They support new ferries at Woolwich, rush hour tolling at Blackwall, increased use of traffic management measures and a raft of public transport initiatives as alternative solutions.

    GBLD point out that evidence against the Silvertown tunnel, next to Blackwall, is currently much more compelling than anything produced to support it. The borough already suffers illegal levels of air pollution, which will only get worse with new road build, and research points to markedly more traffic, not less, should extra capacity be built in this location. There has been precious little attention given to greener and cheaper solutions to current problems.

    The Lib Dems also oppose any sort of crossing at Gallions Reach in Thamesmead. The road infrastructure for even a ferry would be significant and disruptive for local residents already suffering from noise pollution from City Airport. Much worse would be the strong possibility of a ferry crossing being the precursor for a fixed link with associated approach roads cutting across large swathes of Shooters Hill and Plumstead to join up with the A2.

    Chris Smith, Chair of Greenwich Liberal Democrats said:

    "The current proposals have precious little to back them up whilst research from our local area and across the world points to the huge problems that could result. Key amongst those is the negative affect on the health of Greenwich residents who already suffer with unacceptably high levels of air pollution."

    He went on to say that:

    "The probability is that these new roads will fill up overnight, as they did when the M25 and the second Blackwall tunnel were built, thereby solving nothing. We in Greenwich already have enough in the way of high volume, large roads and we don't want more of our green spaces and family homes bulldozed for yet more. The Labour Council have failed to make the case for the crossing on the basis of hard evidence, so have had to resort to spin and the PR of their "Bridge The Gap" campaign. It's up to Labour to prove that these new crossings would be good for Greenwich and its residents."

  • Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner (http://www.london.gov.uk)
    Article: Aug 21, 2013
    By Andy Smith

    Local residents, particularly those who use bikes, have been alarmed at the news that Greenwich may not benefit from Boris Johnson's cycling infrastructure project. This is because Greenwich Labour councillors refuse to speak to journalist Andrew Gilligan who has been appointed as the Mayor of London's cycling commissioner.

    Local Liberal Democrat Paul Webbewood says, "Greenwich Labour say that Mr Gilligan has a conflict of interest because he has criticised the Council in the past. This is daft. Can't the Council handle criticism? Every other council in London is speaking to him so that their residents can benefit from the funds that the Mayor has to improve facilities for cyclists."

    City Hall has made clear that Greenwich Council must work with Mr Gilligan if it wants to benefit from any new cycling funding, infrastructure or routes. He remains available to speak to Greenwich at any time.

    Paul Webbewood says, "Labour Leader Chris Roberts has said that Andrew Gilligan is overpaid and underqualified for his post. Chris Roberts must put aside any personal objections and speak to him.

    "This is the probably the stupidest thing that Greenwich Council have done in the last ten years. This boycott must stop and Labour councillors must stand up to Chris Roberts and make him stop it.

    "Why should Greenwich miss out on funds just to satisfy Chris Roberts' ego?"