Charlton ward councillor Gary Parker presents his update on what he has been up to in recent months. Comments are open below if there are issues you’d like to raise…
Apologies for the delay in publishing this report, it was originally going to be published in late April/early May 2017, but due to the surprise general election and various issues related to purdah (restrictions on what can be done during election periods) . I was unable to do this. My next and more up to date report will be published towards the end of the summer and be more current.
Planning – I have been working with the Charlton Society, Charlton Central Residents’ Association and Wyndcliff Residents Association, and other local groups and individuals regarding a range of planning issues. I have raised a wide range of planning issues again on behalf of local residents.
Had further discussions with residents regarding proposed new meeting hall with regard to the Our Lady of Grace primary school planning application.
I have raised a wide range of planning issues again on behalf of local residents. These include the proposed development on Victoria Way, Charlton Church Lane issues and other smaller local developments, some of which when raised by me have been reviewed and refused by officers.
I have objected to a number of other planning applications which I will report on in my next report as I have requested ‘call in’ – a request for the issue to be heard before a planning committee on some of these issues.
Raised some issues with Cabinet member for Transport about water leaks and the lack of action by Thames Water, they are taking up to 4 weeks to deal with these, some have not been fixed since our last meeting – if you have an issue or see such a leak let me know!
Met with Transport For Charlton activists, re: future local issues and the SE Trains consultation, the new franchise document for SE Trains is proposing major changes to services.
Distributed leaflets and attended Campaign For State Education public meeting on Education Cuts in March.
Raised some issues about the impact of revalued business rates, at the Labour Group this will also impact on small businesses/ retailers in Charlton. I am very concerned about the impact on local businesses.
Attended Apprenticeship week event at Woolwich Job Centre.
Attended a meeting of Campaign For State Education steering group.
Researched a number of issues relating to Air Pollution in the area after representations from local groups – I am working with other councillors on these issues.
Submitted a further ward budget project to officers for consideration.
Addressed a range of local inquiries regarding Charlton Riverside Regeneration Programme.
Raised some issues about the impact of revalued business rates at the Labour Group [of Greenwich councillors] – this will also impact on small businesses/ retailers in Charlton. I am very concerned about the impact on local businesses.
Held meeting with four LSE students with regard to Charlton Riverside programme.
Still dealing with a large amount of planning and housing related casework.
Raised a very large amount of planning related casework, which is ongoing.
Attended all relevant surgeries and did some home visits for older people too.
Attended main council meeting in February and spoke out against cuts and austerity and also attended the March meeting too and the special meeting of the council in May 2017.
Attended Corporate Finance Scrutiny Panel, Overview and Scrutiny, Regeneration Scrutiny panels and all other relevant meetings.
Get in touch with Cllr Gary Parker via the Greenwich Council website.