Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Petition Responses

Decision:

Noted the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The Mayor stated she had received requests from various lead petitioners to speak.

 

The Mayor invited Peter Luck to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Peter Luck felt the description of the situation was regrettably accurate. They had seen the letter referred to in paragraph 2.2 and they were very happy that it was quite strong in its approach to SGN insofar as the Council could be strong given the legal situation which was not in favour of retention.  He noted that both petitioners and the Council were both seeking a further meeting on site with the developer and that they would continue to collaborate.

 

Councillor Sizwe James, the Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development, thanked Peter Luck for his comments. He hoped that they could continue to work together to get as much incorporated as possible in whatever came forward.

 

The Mayor invited Laura Eyres to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 3 of the report.

 

Laura Eyres said they were delighted to see that not only had the Council generally acknowledged residents' concerns over the health risks from the terminal but were now publicly urging the developers to submit new plans and echoing their call for a clean cruise terminal. It was felt that the pressure from both the Council and community appeared to be working as the developer had confirmed in the press and to themselves in writing that they were working on new plans which they hoped to present soon. The campaigners supported the Council in its continuing bid to get the developer round the table. They hoped that after more than three years this opportunity to resolve the situation was not lost otherwise the existing plans could be resurrected further down the line. They would be presenting their petition to Morgan Stanley. They renewed their call for the establishment of a working party so that they could move things forward and they also asked whether the Council would take part in the viability study that the PLA were conducting with regard to onshore power, as Greenwich Pier was owned by the PLA.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Council, thanked Laura Eyres for her comments. He emphasised that they were working hard to get Morgan Stanley round the table, they were due to have a meeting with them in the next week. He took the point about the liability strategy but the management of the river was under the PLA and onshore power was about more than just Enderby Wharf so they had to push for a sustainable River Thames.

 

Councillor Nigel Fletcher commented that it was recognised that there was little the Council could do in terms of formal planning powers but they had heard from the petitioners that there was still a very strong feeling that the matter needed to be pursued and it was hoped that they could get behind them to amplify those voices.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan thanked the campaigners for their hard work and thanked the Leader of the Council for his efforts in ensuring that Morgan Stanley and other important stakeholders were engaged and actively seeking to find a solution. He said Greenwich West Ward Councillors were committed to their constituents to campaign on the issue until a satisfactory outcome was reached. That outcome was that by 2021 there would be an ultra-low emission zone on either side of the Thames, though he hoped they could make progress much sooner than that.

 

Councillor Matt Clare, as the Ward Councillor who submitted the petition at Appendix 4, thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their response to that petition. He requested that they consider cordoning off parts of that parking which were very under-utilised to help those businesses.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport said she would take Councillor Clare’s comment back to Officers.

 

The Mayor invited Satnam Singh Nagra to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 7 of the report.

 

Satnam Singh Nagra said the Temple had been there for 40 years and they believed it made a positive contribution to the community. He detailed the numbers of people attending the Temple and said the proposed changes to the Sunday parking would be detrimental to the community and affect especially the elderly, the disabled and the infirm and those with young children. The community were strongly opposed to these changes. They understood the challenges faced by the responsible council departments and suggested that they needed to work together to arrive at a fair and practical solution. They requested that the current proposal be put on hold to allow further consultation.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport thanked Satnam Singh Nagra for his comments. She said that they could not guarantee that they would put things on hold, however, she could guarantee that they would continue their conversation because they did not want to stop access; they would try and work things out.

 

Councillor Pat Greenwell, as the Ward Councillor who submitted the petition at Appendix 10, welcomed the acknowledgement that there would be merits to make the roads one-way but was disappointed that residents would have wait until the CPZs were put in place before the final decisions were made. She asked if the two things could not be done together.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, confirmed that they were in favour of the one-way system, but as to whether the two projects could be combined she would need to discuss with Officers.

 

Resolved –

 

That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council be noted.

 

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