We’ve been knocked out by the support we’ve received in the short time since No Toxic Cruise Port started.
The campaign has already smashed its first milestone of five thousand petition signatures and has a strong following on social media. Even though we’re three years down the line since plans were approved, it’s clear that local people still strongly oppose the project. In fact, it feels like residents are even angrier now that the scale of London’s air pollution issues have come to light.
Greenwich’s local press are taking a keen interest in our progress with extensive coverage to date from the News Shopper, South London News, Greenwich Visitor and 853 blog.
Local parties too have been quick to unite behind our campaign in the lead up to the local elections. We now have all the parties supporting us including the Green Party, which has helped lead the charge against the port over the past four years, Greenwich Liberal Democrats and the Women’s Equality Party.
Some senior Labour councillors, previously silent on the issue, have now come out in support of residents and Peninsular ward councillors against the terminal. This week, Greenwich Conservatives praised the campaign’s progress and renewed their opposition to the terminal having voted against it at the Planning Board meeting in 2015.
Our local MP, Matthew Pennycook, fighting alongside the community since day one, has backed our campaign and called “for a clean, green Enderby Wharf cruise liner terminal – one that meets the highest, not just the most basic, environmental and air quality standards. The terminal as planned is simply not tenable. The case for shore-to-ship power, or other enhanced mitigation measures to protect local air quality, must be re-examined."
On the other side of the Thames, Jim Fitzpatrick, MP has endorsed Matthew’s call and has called for a guarantee that the cruise liner terminal will be built to the highest air quality standards to ensure the environment and residents are protected.
Only Greenwich Council’s leadership continues to put the argument for business before health and is refusing to budge.
It’s clear everyone else wants a clean cruise port with sustainable clean energy, or none at all. We hope the people behind the cruise port are paying attention to the rising swell of public anger and those that gave the project the go ahead can do something to reverse it.