Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Petition Responses

Response to petitions presented previously to Council

 

 

Minutes:

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

 

The Mayor invited Michael Diamond to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 1 of report.

 

Michael Diamond welcomed the efforts made by the Council in respect to the petition. He said there were 2 points of correction with regards to the response, that in paragraph 2.5 the problem was not about school runs but was about commuter traffic turning off the A20. Secondly, that the LiveLee proposal was only a trial which dealt with the eastbound morning peak and they had detailed proposals that dealt fully with parking, east and westbound traffic, road safety for pedestrians and cyclists and levels of pollution. He believed swift action was achievable and would like to see Greenwich, Lewisham and TfL meet during the coming month. He added that the LiveLee proposals were very low cost and gave very high positive impact. 

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, thanked Michael Diamond for his comments. 

She stated that she was very impressed by their campaign and by how much Lewisham, Greenwich and TfL had been working on to resolve the issue that was very important. She would keep pursuing it and would take his comments back to Officers.

 

The Mayor invited Kate Heath to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 4 of report.

 

Kate Heath said demolishing the Spray Street area would lead to the permanent loss of 173 jobs from local businesses, most of whom were from black and ethnic minority communities. They felt that Spray Street needed to be included in the new village conservation area along with many other local buildings and not excluded from listing because of the proposed development. They acknowledged that the area was in desperate need of development but it needed to be one that included the people and not forced them out. She refuted that there were inaccuracies in the petition.  She said it was a fact that only 14.5% percent of homes would be at affordable social rent levels the remaining 20% so-called affordable homes were shared-ownership, which was an intermediate product. The Council was urged to support both local people and local businesses in its Core Strategy Policies.

 

Councillor Sizwe James, the Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development, thanked Kate Heath for her comments and provide a written response to the lead petitioner.

 

Councillor Matt Clare, as the Ward Councillor who submitted the petition at Appendix 5, thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their response to that petition. He welcomed the confirmation that the 20 mile per hour zone would be implemented in 2021 and urged that it be adhered to as residents had waited over 10 years.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport said she would be pursuing this and that it was on the agenda.

 

The Mayor invited Claire Busby to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 7 of report.

 

Claire Busby said they thought the Royal Borough of Greenwich should be congratulated on its policy of planting more street trees to replace those lost each year. Like many residents of London they were worried about the quality of the air and wanted to help make their neighbourhood a bit cleaner, safer and a more pleasant place to live. They would be happy to assist with speeding up responses to consultation letters and were happy to set up a watering rota. She thanked the Council for a comprehensive response.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, thanked Claire Busby for her comments. She said that she supported the petition and was happy to work together with residents on this.

 

Councillor Matthew Morrow, as the Ward Councillor who submitted the petition at Appendix 8, thanked the Cabinet Member and Officers for their response to that petition. He advised that with regards to the parking satisfaction survey, Plumstead Councillors were still being contacted by residents concerned about parking and looked forward to the results of the analysis and seeing positive suggestions of how residentsconcerns could inform policy. 

 

The Mayor invited Maria Freeman to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 8 of report.

 

Maria Freeman asked the Council to think about how it would improve the 12% response rate that it had received to the survey and also requested that there be enforcement of any proposed additional measures.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, thanked Councillor Matthew Morrow and Maria Freeman for their comments. In relation to response rates to the survey she was happy to have discussions about how this could be improved and while enforcement was not under her portfolio. She was aware of ongoing recruitment in that area. She would look into the plans regarding the car park and provide a response in writing. 

 

Councillor Matt Clare addressed the Council in respect to a petition response at Appendix 3 relating to Make Woolwich Road Junction Safe. He briefly spoke on the matter stating he was aware that two people had lost their lives at this junction which remained extremely dangerous. He recognised that while there were longer term plans for significant redesign there were some very good ideas both from Council Officers and local residents to make short term improvements.

 

Councillor Stephen Brain, the Ward Councillor who submitted the petition commented that a site visit was conducted to the roundabout and it was further discovered to be very pedestrian unfriendly and steps should also be taken to address this. 

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, thanked Councillor Matt Clare for his comments. She advised that the junction was very high on the Councils radar and the issue of pedestrian and all road user safety is a matter that she knew officers were constantly looking at. She stated that she was present at a Highways Committee the week prior, which took a presentation from Greenwich Cyclists and had agreed to meet with British Cyclists on a walk about of the roundabout.

 

 

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