Candidates have now confirmed their attendance for next week's Peninsula Ward local election hustings. The event, organised by East Greenwich Residents' Association and Christ Church, promises to be a lively affair with residents likely to raise unpopular and controversial developments planned for the Peninsula ward and endorsed by Greenwich Council. These include the IKEA store, which is already under construction, Silvertown Tunnel and, of course, the cruise liner terminal. The fate of the gas holder on the Peninsula, which has now been scheduled for demolition, is also likely to come under scrutiny.
The hustings will take place on Tuesday 24th April from 19.45 (20.00 start) to 21.30, at Christ Church at the Forum, Trafalgar Road, SE10 9EQ. Residents and voters will have the chance to put their questions to the following candidates:
Stephen Brain (Labour Party)
Matt Browne (Green Party)
Richard Chamberlain (Liberal Democrats)
Dan Garrun (Green Party)
Ben Green (Conservative Party)
Anthony Higginbotham (Conservative Party)
Chris Lloyd (Labour Party)
Denise Scott-McDonald (Labour Party)
Andy Smith (tbc Liberal Democrats)
Reece Smith (Conservative Party)
Earlier this week at the Blackheath Westcombe ward hustings, the toxic cruise port was the most hotly debated issue with local residents voicing their anger over the approval of the development and concern about its harmful health impact.
Candidates from all parties declared against the plans in their current form and supported our call for clean onshore power to be installed.
Conservative candidate, Geoff Brighty, reaffirmed his opposition to the port having voted against it at the Planning Board in 2015. Green candidate, Jenny Moore spoke about her involvement in the fight against the cruise port over the past three years.
No Toxic Cruise Port campaigners pressed Labour candidates hard on what action they would take on the terminal. Leo Fletcher said cruise ships should not be allowed to dock in the absence of onshore power and he vowed to stand up against the council in pressing for a clean port. He stopped short, though, of agreeing to vote for new leadership at Greenwich Council, which continues to throw its weight behind the terminal.
Further reporting on the night's proceedings can be found on the 853 blog.