How healthy is democracy in Greenwich?

a-tweet-by-labour-activist-simon-christie.pngCommuting 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.

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A Manifesto for Charlton: Time for a Change

paul-chapman-charlton-2014.pngRecently myself and my fellow candidates (Ian Gerrard and Richard Mbogga) had the chance to speak at the first ever Council Election hustings for Charlton ward. It was a great event and we thank The Charlton Society for organising it.

As part of the opening statement we were asked to give our main three main priorities for Charlton, and I thought I'd share one of them with you here.

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Two weeks to save our borough: Why I'm proud to win a "Clean Air in Cities 2014" award

stewart-christie-1.pngToday I awoke to the news that I'd won a "Clean Air in Cities 2014" award by the Clean Air in Londoncampaign 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 Bridgebegan 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.

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Party Poltical Broadcast from the Greenwich Borough Liberal Democrats

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


Do you support Gallions Bridge? Beware the consequences...

gallions-bridge.pngWith 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 Greenwichand 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.

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Greenwich Lib Dems oppose "River Crossings" proposals

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. 

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This stupid boycott must stop say Liberal Democrats

Andrew Gilligan - Cycling CommissionerLocal 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. 

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What the Liberal Democrats believe

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Liberal Democrat achievements in Government

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This week may be your last chance to help save Woolwich Fire Station

Woolwich Fire StationLocal Liberal Democrats have urged London Fire Brigade not to proceed with its plan to close Woolwich Fire Station. Local campaigner Stewart Christie says, "London Fire Brigade attended nearly 1200 fires in Greenwich in 2011-12. Their own figures acknowledge that average response times in the Borough are likely to increase by 30 seconds if Woolwich Fire Station is closed and by much more than this in Woolwich itself."

"This could mean the difference between life and death in some cases. The proposed closure of Woolwich Fire Station is particularly worrying in view of the large population increase projected for the area."

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