A big moment for us in June, when we attended Greenwich's full council meeting in Woolwich to deliver our 7,000 strong petition to the new leader of the Council, Danny Thorpe, and to plead our case on the cruise terminal. Stephen Brain, councillor for Peninsula ward where the cruise terminal is due to be located, presented the petition to the Council on our behalf.
Campaigners representing East Greenwich Residents Association and the Greenwich Society made a formal deputation to all councillors in the chamber urging the Council to set up a working group to find a solution for Enderby Wharf and to make a commitment to working with developers for on shore power. We also pressed the leader of the Council for a meeting. The deputation, presented by Sheila Keeble and Laura Eyres, can be read here and viewed below:
In response, Danny Thorpe confirmed that he was in discussions with Morgan Stanley, the owner of the site and that he expected to be able to provide more information shortly. He confirmed that he would be happy to meet with residents when the time was right. The News Shopper covers the story of the meeting's proceedings.
We were much encouraged when a few weeks later Danny Thorpe released a statement in response to pressure from residents urging the developers to make the cruise terminal green or to find another option. In his statement, the leader of Greenwich Council expressed his disappointment that developers had not yet responded to his concerns to address the impact of pollution. He urged Morgan Stanley to come back to the table with meaningful proposals and warned that the Council would not consider varying any of the s106 obligations under the planning consent. He also referred to the Mayor's strong support in seeking a solution which includes additional measures to cut emissions and protect public health.
We back Danny Thorpe's bold call on developers to slash the environmental impact from Enderby Wharf and urge Morgan Stanley to listen to our Council, the Mayor of London and the local community. We ask them to sit down at the table with Royal Greenwich and do the right thing.
In the meantime, we look forward to working with Greenwich Council and uniting our efforts to seek a good solution to Enderby Wharf.