Clive is supporting the campaign for the 160 bus to be rerouted through the Horn Park estate. Local residents have been demanding that Transport for London agree to their request for a bus service to be introduced on their estate. Clive says “Hundreds of people have signed the petition and I will be keeping in touch with those who have supported the campaign to keep up pressure on TfL. They have got to listen to local people.”
Clive was recently contacted by local residents who told him about problems with young people abusing the bus drivers and throwing missiles at the buses.
He contacted the police and the local trade union representatives at Plumstead bus garage. Very few incidents had been reported to the police at that time. Clive asked the drivers’ representatives to urge their members to report these incidents. Clive has contacted the Transport Police Command Unit (TOCU) to bring the recent problems of antisocial behaviour on the buses to their attention. Clive says, “TOCU give priority to the main routes into London and the 291 is not one of these services. I have asked them to investigate the problems that have recently been reported to me regarding the 291.”
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A Crossrail station at Woolwich is essential for the regeneration of the area.
The current proposals would bypass Woolwich leaving a six mile stretch of the line between Custom House north of the Thames and Abbey Wood with no station.
The situation is exactly the same as the ones we faced when the first plans for the Jubilee Line and the DLR were first put forward. There was no station at Greenwich North or Cutty Sark gardens respectively on these lines and it took representations by the council with the support of local people to force them to be included. Clive says, “It is particularly frustrating, given our previous experiences, to have to go through it all again over Crossrail. North Greenwich and Cutty Sark gardens are among the busiest stations along these routes. The suggestion that they should never have been built seems ridiculous now, but that was the plan.”
Clive intends to keep up the pressure for the station to be introduced. He adds, “We must develop Woolwich as a transport hub for this part of London. It is well served by buses from across the borough and making it easy for people from places like Plumstead and Shooters Hill to access Crossrail will open up the whole of the rest of London in a way that has never been possible before.”
Clive has continually pressed for a Woolwich Crossrail Station in Parliament. For more details click here.
Clive has held coffee mornings in the Slade area to offer people the opportunity to come and meet him and have a cup of tea and a chat. He says, “I hold eight surgeries a month for people that have a particular issue they would like me to help with, but these events give people the chance to pop-in without necessarily having anything in particular they want to raise. I have even had people come in just to meet me and say hello, which is very nice.”
Clive holds regular walkabouts in areas where there are residents’ groups that have issues they want to bring to his attention, but there are some areas where this has not been possible to arrange. He feels that the coffee mornings have gone so well that he will continue to hold them in the future.
Clive’s office is in Westmount Road and he is well aware of problems caused by some young people behaving antisocially in the area.
Clive suggested to the police that they hold a meeting at the police station with the parents of the young people that they have spoken to about their behaviour in the areas around the flats at Well Hall and Eltham Park.
Clive attended the meeting and it was very positive. The purpose of the meeting was to point out the dangers of their children getting a criminal record if the situation does not change. Clive has written to all the people who have contacted him to complain about the problems and ask them to keep him informed of the problems.
“No one wants these young people to get into trouble, so I hope we have brought home to the parents the seriousness of the situation.” added Clive.