A campaign against a lack of on-shore power for cruise ships in Greenwich at a planned cruise liner terminal has been launched.
The cruise terminal was approved in 2015 beside Barratt Homes’ Enderby Wharf development in east Greenwich. Since then the site has been put up for sale.
The plans envisage cruise liners docking in Greenwich but crucially for campaigners not plugging into on-shore power generation whilst berthing but instead using on-board diesel engines. This would mean a substantial increase in pollution in the local area.
A petition has been launched and is quickly approaching 5,000 signatures.
It’s another headache for Greenwich council in the area. Pollution levels are already high and they continue to back the Silvertown Tunnel – almost alone now among London councils.
Construction of Silvertown would not see approach roads changed, and many traffic lights would be installed at the northern end which will do little to smooth traffic.
Silvertown and Blackwall would also be tolled. This is likely to see large numbers of drivers head to Rotherhithe Tunnel which would clog up Greenwich town centre.
In addition Greenwich Council have continually approved 1980s-style retail parks and sheds over the past five years. Ikea is the most famous example but many others exist, including Brocklebank Retail Park which opened late last year, an extension to Millennium Retail Park before that plus Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer sheds and acres of car parking.
The above image shows the monumental waste of land at a time of severe housing shortages.
Incidentally, car park elements of new developments do not bring in any Community Infrastructure Levy income unlike housing. Income per square metre only applies to buildings.
The store buildings themselves did bring in substantial income that should’ve been used to improve local facilities and streets for pedestrians. To date no work has been seen. If it isn’t spent soon it’ll be lost as deadlines approach.
Sainsbury’s alone brought in £1.4 million as seen below. Click to see a bigger image. The fourth column of figures show where income spent.
As seen, £512k allocated for public realm and £300k for transport is unspent despite the money being received from Sainsbury’s under an agreement in 2013/14.
Despite this plethora of issues the leadership of Greenwich don’t show much sign of changing direction which is leading to internal issues within the ruling Labour group. Many senior figures live in the south of the borough leading to issues with those in the north.
Over the Thames in Newham borough the leader of 24 years, Sir Robin Wales, has been kicked out due to internal squabbles. The new leader opposes the Silvertown Tunnel.
Low Emission scheme
Greenwich Council are trying to trumpet a Low Emission Neighbourhood scheme (funded by TfL) in east Greenwich as a sign of commitment to environmental quality.
It does have many good aspects though it’s hard to shake the suspicion it’s a bit of candy stuck on top some serious issues. A few electric cycles to hire does not cover over far wider issues.
And all the while there’s little sign that substantial income from Section 106, Community Infrastructure Levy or New Homes Bonus cash (£13.8 million alone annually with much come from Greenwich) is doing much to improve the local area and encourage people out of cars.
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