I was elected to the Council for Trafalgar Ward in 2000 and remained a backbencher for the next fourteen years. That meant that I never had any responsibility for anything, was not allowed to make decisions or to tell anyone what to do. Basically all you can do in that situation is to ask questions – but you learn to do it in such a way that you can move things in your ward forward.
East Greenwich has an intense level of development and much of my time was spent with local communities and individuals on planning issues. I am only too aware of the disquiet among many people about the future of the area and there are worries about infrastructure and much else. This is not to do with hostility to migrants or anyone else – it is a concern that a good environment is created and maintained for everyone.
I am currently Chair of FOGWOFT Friends of Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels – but I have some free time now and there are things I would like to see happen.
I think East Greenwich needs a voice – as does the Peninsula – and I would like to help to bring that about.
I also think that the riverside area – from Deptford toThamesmead – needs a voice. I am already involved in some groups working on riverside issues, and I know of some others. They need pulling together so they can raise issues with authorities and get some action
Please get in touch on any of this