l-r: Edmond Rose, Rhian O'Connor and Anthony Austin
The Liberal Democrats have selected candidates for the May local elections in Greenwich West ward. This ward has been a closely fought contest in the past, with the Liberal Democrats coming as close as 83 votes away from beating Labour prior to the Coalition. No other party has ever been anywhere near to beating Labour in Greenwich West.
There are crucial local issues at stake in these elections including the Labour dominated local Planning Committee's misguided decision to approve the highly polluting Enderby Wharf cruise liner terminal. The Liberal Democrats will be fighting hard to ensure that local residents' voices are heard on this and a wide range of other local issues. Our activists are already out on the doorsteps gathering local people's views and working to resolve the issues that they raise.
The Lib Dem candidates are as follows:
Anthony Austin: Anthony campaigned with others to secure the popular footbridge over Deptford Creek. He has lived a few yards from the Creek for 16 years & is a director of the local residents’ association.
Anthony has championed cycling and environmental issues in Greenwich Cyclists, the Creekside Forum, and is a trustee of a local almshouse and church volunteer. A former foreign correspondent for Reuters, Anthony is a committed European.
“It’s time for Labour to stop taking us for granted in Greenwich West,” Anthony said. “We need councillors who are better in touch with their voters and who know and care about the planning and policing decisions which affect us all.”
Rhian O'Connor: Rhian lives on Burney Street in West Greenwich. She is an analyst of the petrochemicals industry with a particular interest in Plastics Recycling. Rhian has two children who are in James Wolfe School and is passionate about improving lives for young people in the Borough by improving air quality, education, health care and road safety.
She believes that Britain needs a centrist party that balances the needs of the economy with the well-being of people.
Rhian said, “Labour have dominated Greenwich for too long and are ignoring locals' needs.”
Edmond Rose: Edmond has lived in West Greenwich since 2001. He is an aviation consultant with a strong interest in achieving a more sustainable economy & environment. He is interested in transport matters, such as the coming reduction in trains between Greenwich and the City.
Edmond believes Labour are too quick to pursue ideological interests rather than act on the needs of local people. He especially wants to see a more sensitive approach to planning in the area.
He said “I want our Council to make the right planning & housing decisions to create a Greenwich our children will love to live in.