No Toxic Cruise Port would like to express its sincere congratulations to all candidates elected to serve as councillors for the Royal Borough of Greenwich following the 2018 local elections.
We extend particular good wishes to Councillors Brain, Lloyd and Scott-Mc Donald from Peninsula ward, where the cruise terminal is due to be sited, on their re-election and for having supported the local community’s opposition to the plans.
We have been delighted by the response to No Toxic Cruise Port. Residents across the borough and members from all parties have united behind the campaign and joined us in the call for clean onshore power at Enderby Wharf. Our petition now approaches 6,400 signatures.
We thank the Conservative, Green, Liberal Democrat, Women’s Equality and Plumstead Parties for their words of support over the past few weeks and welcome post-election statements continuing to push for a clean terminal.
We also thank the many Labour members and councillors for publicly backing our campaign. We estimate from correspondence that the majority of newly-elected Labour councillors now support our call.
We now eagerly await the outcome of the leadership vote and hope that it is a positive one for the cruise terminal which prioritises the health of the community. We hope to see common sense prevail and pledges of support turning into an action plan that the community can get behind and welcome.
In the meantime, and whilst we await the fate of the cruise terminal, the first of 16 cruise ships arriving this summer berthed in Greenwich over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Viking Sun docked at Greenwich Tier Pier near Deptford Creek and hundreds of new riverside homes. A ship of this size burns up to 700 litres of fuel per hour with a sulphur content one hundred times higher than normal road fuel. We estimate that in the 60 hours it was berthed and running its engines, up to 42,000 litres of diesel would have been burnt and released in the air we breathe in Greenwich, the Isle of Dogs and beyond.
We continue to put pressure on developers and the cruise companies as well as different authorities to get regulation of emissions on the Thames which includes the Port of London Authority, DEFRA, the Department of Transport and City Hall.