Clive Efford

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Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work at London Bridge.

He says, “Southeastern should have made sure that trains going to and from Cannon Street stopping at London Bridge had additional capacity to cope with the extra demand.  The government has adopted a wait and see approach to force people to find alternative routes but the situation is too dangerous for that.  We are demanding that extra carriages are provided now.  We have been promised 12 car trains on our part of the network for many years and it’s time that we got them.  Our train services have been overcrowded for too long.  

In his speech this morning Clive quoted David Statham Southeastern Managing Director’s response to the latest customer satisfaction survey which shows that his rail company is the worst in the country.

Statham had said: "Over the next three years we're investing more than £70m in the things that our passengers tell us are important to them. This investment will enable us to provide better information to our passengers, improve the interior and cleanliness of our trains, refresh the look of our stations and provide extra staff to deliver more face-to-face customer service.”

Clive complained that , “There is nothing in this statement that suggests that Southeastern have any intention of increasing capacity on the trains.  Southeastern can provide the cleanest most punctual trains with the most up to date information service but if passengers cannot get on the trains it’s all a waste of money.”

“We need to make sure that Southeastern are able to purchase the Thameslink Trains when they are replaced by the new rolling stock so that we can increase capacity on our local services.”

Clive has also met with Southeastern Trains to demand to know why some services in and around the peak times are only four carriages in length.  Clive adds, “When I raised this with Southeastern they denied this occurs, despite the fact that I was left on the platform when the train left London Bridge.  Southeastern want to know the specific details of the trains so I am asking my constituents to let me have details of trains that are overcrowded and of how many carriages they were formed."

Clive wants to hear from anyone who has details of train journeys that are overcrowded and would be grateful if they could let him know here.

 

Clive rails against performance of Southeastern Trains

    Clive Efford has raised his concerns in Parliament about the dangerous overcrowding on train services and platform due to the alterations to the timetables during the refurbishment work...

DSC_3881.jpgClive has written to Greenwich Council to object to the planning application to build on the Gaelic Sports Ground in Avery Hill Road.

Clive explains: “This is a completely unacceptable proposal which, if allowed, will have severe long-term repercussions for the future of sports fields in this part of London.  Such sites are vital to building happy and healthy communities.”

“The Council has an excellent record in consistently refusing permission to developers to build on this site and I can see no change in these plans which would justify any change in this opposition.”

Clive is scathing about the developers plans to renovate Bardhill sports field in exchange for being allowed to build on the GAA site.  “Is not acceptable for the developers to effectively hold the Bardhill site as a ransom, cynically offering to bring the site into use only if they are given permission to develop the GAA site.  Both Bardhill and the GAA site are important local amenities and both should be preserved and returned to use as sports fields as soon as possible.”

To see a copy of Clive’s later letter to the Council then please click here.

A former application which was turned down by the Council was the subject of a public inquiry in 2007 by the Planning Inspector. 

Although the Inspector found in favour of the developers the appeal was eventually turned down by the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government, Meg Munn MP.

Clive gave gave oral evidence to the Inquiry stressing that allowing the site to be built on would set a terrible precedent for the remaining sports grounds in the local area which play such an important role in the Borough. 

 

Clive objects to plans to build on GAA sports ground

Clive has written to Greenwich Council to object to the planning application to build on the Gaelic Sports Ground in Avery Hill Road.


DSC_3949.jpgClive has told local residents that he can see no circumstances in which he would ever agree to fracking in Eltham or Plumstead.

Clive position puts him in direct conflict with London mayor Boris Johnson who said in the Times newspaper:  "If reserves of shale can be exploited in London we should leave no stone unturned, or unfracked."

Clive has said “These comments from the Mayor are highly irresponsible and can only cause alarm as he is suggesting that any request for fracking in London should be granted whatever local residents think.  This cannot be acceptable.”

Clive is supporting a number of opposition amendments to the Government's Infrastructure Bill that is currently progressing through Parliament. These would close a number of loopholes in existing regulations on fracking and include important safeguards concerning planning regulations for local areas.

 

Clive rules out fracking in Eltham

Clive has told local residents that he can see no circumstances in which he would ever agree to fracking in Eltham or Plumstead.


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