Over thirty local residents from the Avery Hill estate turned up for Clive’s latest coffee morning.
Clive holds regular coffee mornings where he writes to local residents inviting them to pop in for a cup of coffee and a chat about whatever subjects they want to raise.
“I always enjoy these events. I never know what to expect. Today people raised a whole range of issues: from the future of the Gaelic Athletic sports field (where we are still awaiting the report from the planning inspectorate, click here for more details) to the introduction of low-energy light bulbs.”
“I will be holding a lot more of these coffee mornings so look out for an invitation!”
Clive’s latest coffee morning took place on the Progress Estate. Over forty residents turned up for the event.
Coffee mornings give Clive and local residents the chance to meet and chat in an informal setting.
“I like to keep in touch with local people as much as possible,” Clive explains. “I hold eight surgeries a month [for details of all Clive’s surgeries click here] as well as regular walkabouts where local residents can show me problems first hand. These coffee mornings are another way of keeping in touch.”
“People raise all sorts of issues at these coffee mornings, local and national, and others pop in just to say hello”.
Clive will continue to hold coffee mornings across the constituency.
Clive has written to Greenwich Council to outline his opposition to an application from McDonalds in Eltham High Street to remain open until 3:00am Sundays to Thursdays and until 5:00am Fridays to Saturdays.
He explained: “Several years ago I met with the police to discuss disorder and violent conduct in Eltham Town Centre late at night and especially between 11.00pm and midnight when the pubs emptied.
At that time McDonalds was open until midnight and people were leaving the pubs and entering McDonalds and then hanging around both inside and outside the restaurant.
As a local resident I saw for myself some of the problems this caused. I became sick and tired of witnessing the appalling behaviour that was damaging the image of out town centre. I decided that we had to deal with the premises that were causing this problem. As a result of my discussions with the police the restaurant changed its closing hours so that it shut before the pubs closed. This led to a an immediate reduction in the levels of anti-social behaviour in the Town Centre late at night.
Should McDonalds be granted any extension from its current hours of opening it will inevitably lead to a return to the sorts of problems we have seen in the past.
Although this restaurant is located in Eltham town centre it is still in an area which is essentially residential. It is unacceptable for those residents to have to face the rowdy and noisy behaviour that will inevitably occur should this license be granted.
We also want to attract more restaurants into the High Street. This will not happen if we have a McDonalds with crowds of youths hanging around until the early hours of the morning.”
Clive has also contacted McDonalds directly to try to try to get them to withdraw their application. They have agreed to meet with him.
Urgent update. 4 April
Clive has now met with McDonalds to explain the situation to them and to ask them to withdraw their application. They have agreed to go away and consider the points Clive made.
If McDonalds do not withdraw the application Clive will be attending the licensing meeting to voice his opposition.
Clive visited Henwick School on the Page Estate to talk about the dangers of global warming. Clive has produced a computer presentation which explores some of the causes of and possible solutions to climate change.
Clive has now given his presentation to most of the schools in and around his constituency.
“I have been very impressed with the knowledge that the children in our schools already have on this vital issue. They quite rightly want to know what politicians like me are doing about climate change.”
The government is shortly to produce a draft of its Climate Change Bill.
“I want people in Eltham and Plumstead to have their say in what should be in the government’s Climate Change Bill. The Bill will be one of the most important pieces of legislation introduced in Parliament for many years. It will be published soon and the government is going to allow a time for people to comment upon it.”
“I want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in these discussions.
“I have had numerous meetings with the environment minister David Miliband to discuss the Bill. I want to include your views in future discussions, so please get in touch. Whether or not we agree on the best way forward, your views are important and will become part of the consultation process.”
Click here to get in touch to let me know what you think.”
Clive has welcomed confirmation from the Government that the new Crossrail line will stop at Woolwich.
There had been doubts that a Woolwich station would be included in the scheme, but after pressure from Greenwich Council and the three local MPs, Clive, Nick Raynsford and John Austin the government decided that the station would be included. Under the plans drawn up by the Council, Berkley Homes will build and pay for the structure.
Clive welcomed the announcement, saying: “This is something we have all been working towards for a long time. Woolwich will become a major transport hub for this part of London. It is already served by 54 buses per hour linking it with many areas in my constituency including: Eltham, Plumstead, Shooters Hill and Kidbrooke. The Docklands Light Railway is already on its way to Woolwich. This is not just a boost for people who commute into work across London. Holiday makers will also be able to use the Crossrail station to get a train from Woolwich direct to Heathrow.”
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the campaign. It has been an excellent example of local government leading a campaign with the full backing of local residents and the business community.”