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Eltham Centre on track

Clive was delighted to see the enormous progress that has been made in the last few months in the construction of the new Eltham Centre. The steel structure is now in place and work is on schedule to open next year.

“I was delighted to see how much work has been done on the site,” said Clive. “This is the most exciting development in our town centre for many years.”

Clive has been campaigning for twelve years for a replacement for Eltham Pools. It has always been clear that even with refurbishment, Eltham Pools would not meet modern standards.

The artist’s impressions shown to the right give some idea of the view from Archery Road and the atrium where visitors will first enter the building.

The new eight lane main pool will be competition standard which means it will be a venue for accredited swimming galas that currently cannot be held at Eltham Pools. Greenwich Community College has also invested in the scheme and will occupy two floors in the new building. The library will also get a £1.7 million refurbishment and the centre will be a one-stop-shop for council services.

The town centre location was chosen by local people following an extensive consultation. It will be easily accessible by all members of the community, even those without a car.

Clive supports Macmillan Nurses coffee morning

Clive popped into the Eltham Park Baptist Friendship Centre in Glenure Road for a cup of coffee to help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The charity are aiming to raise over £7 million nationally through organising ‘the biggest coffee morning on the world’ in venues up and down the country.

Clive explained “Everyone is affected directly or indirectly by cancer. An event like this gives us all the chance to do something about it. Macmillan Cancer Support is a wonderful organisation, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support for anyone suffering from cancer. I would like to congratulate the organisers of this event for their hard work in supporting this extremely worthwhile cause.

If you want to find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support, then click here.

Clive helps open the new Eglinton Children’s centre

Eglinton Children’s Centre opened on 22 September at Eglinton Primary School in Paget Rise.

Speaking aftger the opening Clive said “I am delighted that these centres are opening across my constituency. We are now able to provide quality childcare to the Borough’s families.”

Services available include a Play and Stay session so parents and childminders can participate in activities with their children and have the opportunity to meet with health specialists.

Council services such as the Early Years Librarian and the Children’s Information Service will also be available, along with a range of support services in language and psychology.

Parents can benefit from advice on training and employment opportunities, along with the ability to access courses at the Centre.

Clive on walkabout in Eaglesfield Park

Clive met with local residents, local police officers and council officers on a walkabout in Eaglesfield Park.The walkabout was arranged by local resident Jenny Penn, a member of the Eaglesfield Park Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. Also present were members of Friends of Eaglesfield Park.

“We looked at ways of improving communication between all the various groups represented” explained Clive. “Residents have been working hard to ensure that the Park remains as attractive as it looked today. The park is one of the most beautiful in the Borough with fantastic views across Kent. Local residents are keen to ensure that the park is enjoyed and respected by all members of the community. I think the walkabout was extremely useful in ensuring that all of the agencies involved work together to ensure that we bring improvements to the Park and tackle any problems swiftly.”

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.