Where You Live: Greenwich

Where You Live >> Greenwich

London is more than just the City and its famous landmarks. More than its museums, theatres, palaces, taxis and red buses. It is home to some 8 million people. You live, work and socialise across London’s 32 boroughs – you make them tick. You give Greenwich’s neighbourhoods, from Blackheath to Abbey Wood, their unique identity. It is these distinct areas that make our great capital such a rich and diverse city. Unlike the previous Mayor, Boris is working to give all your boroughs - not just Zones 1-3 - his attention.

Boris Johnson has a nine point plan to secure Greater London’s future. He is paying for this plan by cutting waste at City Hall to free up £3.5 billion for services.

In Greenwich the plan means:

  • Freezing City Hall’s share of council tax for three successive years and cutting it this year, benefitting 104,381 Greenwich households and putting an extra £445 back into pockets (GLA Website, ‘Budget archive’, link, GLA, Press Release 1 February, link, DLG Website, Calculation of Council Tax Base for Formula, Grant Purposes, October 2011, link).
  • Growing the local economy through securing £100 million investment in the Greenwich Peninsula and creating over 4,000 jobs through the construction of 1,350 new homes by 2015 (GLA, Press Release, 18 January 2012, link).
  • Investing in local transport with Crossrail access at Woolwich and Abbey Wood stations, rolling-out Oyster cards onto national rail and Thames Clipper River Services, increasing capacity on the DLR by 50% and investing £15.8 million in local transport in Greenwich (Tfl, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).
  • Boris is also supporting local pensioners by reversing the previous Labour Government’s decision to stop those at 60 getting the Freedom pass until 65 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
  • He is also the only candidate in this election who can secure a better deal for London from No 10.

Freezing council tax

  • Boris Johnson has frozen council tax for three years and is cutting it this year. Boris Johnson has frozen his share council tax for three years and is cutting it this year (GLA, Mayor’s Final Draft Consolidated Budget 2012-13, link).
    • This has helped keep cost of living low for 104,381 households in Greenwich (DCLG, Council Tax Base, October 2011),  putting an extra £445 back in the pocket of households.

 Restoring green spaces

  • 51 green spaces. 51 green spaces have been created for Greenwich residents to grow their own food. (Capital Growth Website, link).
  • Avery Hill Park. Avery Hill Park in Greenwich has received £400,000 as part of the Mayor’s £6 million fund to improve the quality and safety of London’s parks. Improvements improve the winter garden glasshouse and the café, build a new multipurpose games pitch; improve wildlife habitats and help construct better footpaths and cycle routes (Help in London Website, ‘Help a London Park’, link).

Investing to transform local high streets

  • £100 million investment for Greenwich Peninsula. £100 million is being invested in kick-starting housing development in Greenwich to create over 4,000 new jobs and 1,350 homes by the end of 2015. Around 10,000 new homes, 600 student beds, and 3.5 million of commercial floorspace are ultimately planned for the site, transforming what was an old gas works into a major new residential, business and leisure district (GLA, Press Release, 18 January 2012, link).

Making your streets and homes safer

  • 1,000 more police across London by May and £132 million more investment under Boris. The number of Special Constables has more than doubled from 2,500 to well over 5,000. (GLA, The Mayor’s Consultation Budget, 22 December 2011, link; MPA Website, Police numbers, link; GLA, Mayor’s Final Budget 2011-12, link; Evening Standard, 30 January 2012, link).
  • Total crime and robberies in Greenwich have fallen. Since May 2008, Greenwich has seen a 17%% decrease in total crime and a 31% reduction in the number of robberies. Youth violence is down 24% and bus crime has fallen 49.9% fall in bus crime (MOPC, Monthly Report: Police and Crime Committee, 8 March 2012, May 08 – Jan 12 compared to Aug 04-April 08; MPS Statistics).
  • 1,074 more patrols a month. In Greenwich there were there were 1074 more monthly police patrols in January 2012 compared to April 2008 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2012, link).

Ensuring a true Olympic legacy

  • Boris Johnson has funded seven sport participation programmes in Greenwich so far. They are (Mayor of London, Sporting future for London, April 2009, p. 9, link):
  • Sports Legacy Programme grants. 3 organisations in Greenwich are receiving Sports Legacy Programme Grants to offer free sports coaching to Londoners (Freesport Programme Website, link).
  • Investing in Sports Facilities. The Mayor has helped fund two sports facilities in Greenwich (IOG Website, ‘Funding boost for London Sports Facilities’, 26 October 2010, link). They are:

Investing in transport

  • £15.8 million of funding for local transport in Greenwich. Since becoming Mayor, Boris Johnson has invested over £15.8 million to boost local transport in Greenwich including £175,000 for the promotion of safe and sustainable travel in schools as well as highway safety improvements close to several schools (Tfl, Press Release, 20 November 2008, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2009, link; TfL, Press Release, December 2010; link; TfL, Press Release, December 2011, link).

Underground

  • Upgrading Underground Lines. TfL is working to improve Tube lines running through Greenwich as part of the Tube upgrade programme, secured by Boris Johnson:
    • Jubilee Line. Capacity has increased by 33%, providing more frequent trains and a 22% reduction in journey time. The line is now able to carry an additional 12,500 passengers per hour at peak time compared with before the upgrade (TfL Website, Jubilee line upgrade plan, link).

Rail

  • Increasing DLR capacity. DLR trains have their capacity increased by 50% by introducing longer 3-car length trains. The line has also been extended south of the river to Woolwich Arsenal. (Greenwich Council Website, Regeneration and transport, link). 
  • Crossrail. Greenwich will be served by two Crossrail stations at Woolwich and Abbey Wood (HMT, Spending Review, 22 October 2010, p.23, link).
  • Oyster Cards rolled out on national rail. After years of talk under Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson secured the roll-out of Oyster cards onto national rail. Greenwich is the 22nd highest oyster- using borough on national rail services (TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).

River

  • Oysterising Thames Clippers. In 2009 Boris funded £400,000 to Oysterise Thames Clippers, which run from London Eye to the Royal Arsenal Woolwich Pier, helping to reduce ticket fares by 33% for London’s commuters. Thames Clipper services are on 3 piers in Greenwich: Woolwich-Arsenal, North Greenwich and Greenwich (TfL, Press Release, 23 November 2009, link; Thames Clipper Website, ‘Thames Clipper Route Map’, link).

Roads and congestion

  • Introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme. Boris Johnson introduced the roadworks Permit Scheme in 2010, resulting in an average 17% cut in the number of road works by utility companies in those boroughs, such as Kensington and Chelsea, which have adopted the scheme (GLA, Press Release, 11 January 2010, link London Councils, London Permit Scheme: First Year Evaluation Report, 27 May 2011, link). Greenwich recently joined the permit scheme. (DFT, Press Release, 9 June 2011, link).
  • Bendy Buses replaced. Nearly 500 new vehicles boasting the latest clean engine technology will replace the Bendy buses, which will save more than £7 million a year. The buses have been replaced by new buses on route 73 in Greenwich. (TFL, Press Release, 5 October 2011, link).

Buses

  • Bus improvements. 16 bus routes in Greenwich have been expanded and or improved under Boris Johnson (TfL, Bus service changes May 2008-January 2012, link).

Cycling

  • Cycle Superhighways. Cycle Superhighway 4 will run through Greenwich by 2015 (TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: About the scheme’, link).

Housing

  • 2,210 total affordable housing units completed in Greenwich. 1,330 social rented and 870 intermediate affordable housing units were completed in Greenwich between 2008/09 and 2010/11, the 4th most of any borough (DCLG, Affordable Housing Live Tables 1006, 1007, 1008, link).

 Mayoral visits

  • Boris Johnson has made the more visits to Greenwich in his first term than Ken Livingstone made in his first term Boris Johnson has visited Greenwich 15 times since July 2008. Ken Livingstone visited Greenwich seven times in his firs term as Mayor (GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2000 – April 2008; GLA, Mayor’s Report to the Assembly, May 2008 – March 2012).

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