Here’s an update from Charlton ward councillor Gary Parker on what he has been up to over the winter.
I have met with residents and raised issues with the Chair of Planning about planning issues – the council’s planning department is now being restructured. This is a direct result of my continued intervention on these issues for local groups and residents. I am confident this service will improve, once new measures are in place.
I attended funeral of local resident Robert Crocombe and would like to pay tribute to him and his wife Jean for years of steadfast loyalty and work for the local community and the Labour Party – a great man and a sad loss to the Charlton community.
I formally objected to the Rockwell planning application for a 28 storey tower block on the new Charlton Riverside. I raised this issue at the Charlton Society AGM in October and will be working with local groups to oppose this and ensure we have full public consultation on other local planning applications and Charlton Riverside.
I intervened to get the Xmas lights switched on in Charlton Village.
I attended the Co-op Party AGM at Charlton House.
Worked with co-councillors to support local organisations with Charlton ward budgets, organisations that have been funded include – Big Red Bus Club, Charlton Toy Library, Thorntree School, Global Fusion Arts, Greenwich Food Bank and others currently being processed. If you want a project funded, please email me for the application form: gary.parker[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk
I helped establish ownership of the notice board next to the Assembly Rooms in the Village, this will now be updated with new notices.
I attended the SE London Chamber of Commerce AGM.
I attended the Federation of Small Businesses SE London Branch AGM.
I attended the awards ceremony for Greenwich University/Santander awards event for local students.
I met Sean Kelleher from Business in the Community for a discussion on social enterprise in the borough and related issues.
I attended 3 Campaign For State Education meetings.
I attended a Charlton area community engagement event at Charlton House.
I chaired the inaugural meeting of Transport For Charlton.
I attended a range of planning board meetings.
I attended meetings of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.
I attended the Charlton & Kidbrooke Housing panel.
Met Greenwich University about the development of workers’ co-operatives and other non-profit making models in Greenwich.
I attended meeting with a local Community Energy organisation about their work
I am still dealing with a large amount of planning and housing related casework. I have dealt with a number of issues around blue badge allocation. I raised a large amount of housing casework, which is ongoing.
I attended all relevant surgeries and did some home visits for older people too.
I have raised a significant number of inquiries about street cleaning and fly-tipping.
I attended the two main council meetings. [This would now be three as Gary submitted this before the most recent council meeting at the end of February.]
I attended the launch of the Fairness Commission project in Greenwich on anti-poverty issues.
I chaired 3 Community Safety and Environment Panel meetings
I attended Corporate Finance Scrutiny Panel, Overview and scrutiny, Regeneration Scrutiny panels, have raised issues about community safety, air quality and electoral registration as part of this work.
I attended a special meeting on affordable housing.
Liaised with council officers over a public realm special meeting of the Community Safety and Environment scrutiny panel in January and chaired the meeting, which was a review of how we could improve the look, cleanliness and design of out public realm with a focus on parks and open spaces
If you want to get in touch with Gary, his email is gary.parker[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk, or you can follow him on Twitter at @CllrG2013.