Author Archives: Clive Efford

Clive joins local councillors and residents to oppose Ship pub late license

Clive Efford is supporting local residents opposed to a late-night license for the former Ship public House – to be renamed Bust “Da” Rhymes Bar – in Plumstead Common Road.

Over 50 people turned out on Saturday September 16 to protest outside the pub. The large turnout showed the local strength of feeling

You will see on the right hand side of this frame a two-page letter sent out by the Council to local residents. Click on the picture to see a larger version. This was sent to residents living within 200 metres of the Ship. Clive wants to see this letter distributed more widely. Why not print it off and show it your neighbours.

It is important that all residents opposed to this application write to the Council to outline their objections. Letters will be more influential than petitions. It is important that people limit their comments to address only the specific points in the license application. I know, for example, that there are rumours that this is an application for a lap-dancing club. This is not the case and if people mention issues like this, then they run the risk of having their objections struck out.

The Council’s consultation letter clearly spells out the issues that your letter needs to address. Please follow these instructions. Letters must be with the Council by October 5th.

The application will be determined at a public hearing at a date yet to be specified. Everyone who registers an objection should receive details of this meeting. It is unlikely that there will be enough time for everyone to speak at this meeting. Your local councillors are keen to represent your views. If you are happy to allow them to speak on your behalf then please indicate this in your letter. The names of your local councillors are given in the Council’s letter.

Walkabout in Grove Market Place

Clive joined the Eltham South police safer neighbourhood team and local residents on a walkabout at Grove Market Place in central Eltham. All of the shops are now empty in the precinct and only a handful of the flats are occupied.

The owners of the site have outlying planning permission to redevelop the site. Clive is keen for the area to be brought back into use as soon as possible. “This is a key site for Eltham Town Centre. The developers need to come to an agreement with the last few remaining residents and the Midland Bank who are still on the site and then redevelop the area.”

In the meantime, the walkabout looked at ways of making the site secure and safe before the work begins. The police will remain in touch with the owners to ensure that the site does not attract crime and antisocial behaviour. A gate has already been erected to stop vehicles from accessing the site and flytipping.

News on the Military Academy site

Clive recently visited the former Royal Military Academy site in Woolwich, following an invitation from the new owners, to discuss their plans for the site.

The Durkan Group are currently developing a planning application for submission to the London Borough of Greenwich in October. Durkan are proposing that the majority of the site be converted to form a range of one, two, three and four bedroom units together with other community based facilities, whilst retaining the much loved Wyatt facade and the other valued listed buildings on the site.

The Royal Military Academy is in the Greenwich & Woolwich constituency but borders Clive’s Eltham constituency and Clive welcomes the opportunity of monitoring developments on his constituents’ behalf.

Clive meets with T Mobile to push for new position for Oxleas mast

Clive recently joined with residents and a local councillor to meet with T Mobile to try to find a more appropriate location of a mobile phone mast on the Rochester Way at the bottom of Oxleas Meadow.

T Mobile was granted permission to erect the mast in July when the Planning Inspectorate overruled objections from the Council – which had refused permission – Clive Efford, the local councillors and local residents. [for further information click here]

“The site where T Mobile has been given permission is totally unsuitable” explained Clive. “The mast will be visible from the hill looking down from Oxleas Wood, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also close to residential housing.”

“Along with Terry Powley from the Eltham Park Residents’ Association and local Councillor Dermot Poston I met with T Mobile at the site [see picture, right]. We were able to get a commitment from them to look at sites further east along the Rochester Way on the south side of the road. This means that the mast would be better obscured by trees and further away from residential housing.”

“T Mobile has promised to get their technical staff to carry out an assessment of the sites and then get back to us. I will post details of their response on this site as soon as I have received it.”

Clive celebrates Green Flag for Pleasaunce

Clive Efford has congratulated everyone involved in the maintenance and management of the Well Hall Pleasaunce which has just been awarded the government’s prestigious Green Flag Award.

Well Hall Pleasaunce were recently lovingly restored to their former glory after a £2.7m facelift. The restoration project finished in 2002 and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Greenwich Council and the South Greenwich Regeneration Agency.

“As a member of the management committee of the Pleasaunce I am delighted and extremely proud that this delightful and peaceful haven has been recognised in this way. Congratulations must be given to the Parks and Open Spaces Department at Greenwich Council who do such a great job in the day to day maintenance of the site. The Pleasaunce is well used, as shown with the well-attended fun day held on this bank-holiday Monday.”

The Pleasaunce was the brainchild of former Eltham Councillor and Labour Party national executive committee member William Barefoot. Clive adds, “The Pleasaunce is part of the legacy of the Labour Party in Eltham and I am happy to play my part in maintaining it for future generations.“

The Green Flag scheme are awarded to sites which are judged to be welcoming, safe and well maintained with the strong involvement of the local community.