Greenwich London Borough Council

All of the seats in Greenwich were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 42 Total councillors 42 Change-1

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 9 Total councillors 9 Change+1
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Hundreds of new homes on scrub land to be signed off

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Kidbrooke development artists' impression
Kidbrooke Partnership

A huge development of 600 new homes on top of “scrubland” in Kidbrooke in south-east London is set to be signed off despite conflicting with a council masterplan.

Transport for London (TfL) has partnered up with Notting Hill Genesis under the banner Kidbrooke Partnership for the major regeneration project, dubbed Kidbrooke Station Square.

The developers propose 619 homes in what would be Phase Three of the Kidbrooke Village development, which is currently under construction.

Together, the Village and Station Square development would form the “Kidbrooke Hub”.

The developers have earmarked 50% of the development as affordable, with 152 set to be London Affordable Rent and 157 shared ownership.

The homes would be spread across eight new buildings, from nine to 20 storeys high, towering over a new square and shop space below.

The site is currently north of the station, and is currently “underutilised” and mostly scrubland.

Officers have recommended that councillors approve the development at a planning meeting next week, despite the tall buildings conflicting with a masterplan for the area.

Greenwich household has waited 47 years for a home

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One household has been waiting for a home in Greenwich for 47 years, it can be revealed.

It comes as an investigation by the Local Democracy Service found that more than 2,000 people have been on the council’s waiting list for a decade or more.

Figures revealed through a Freedom of Information act request show that 60% of the register – 7,275 households – have been on there for three years or more.

In a borough where there are 19,000 families waiting for a home, 18% of them have been on the list for a decade or more, whilst 20% have been on there for at least five years.

The council runs a choice-based lettings system, meaning applicants bid and decide what property is suitable for them.

Asked for the longest period somebody has been on the waiting list, the council admitted: “Currently the longest registered application has been registered for 47 years 4 months.”

Figures revealed to the Local Democracy Service show the average wait for a two bed home in the borough verges into just over two and a half years.

Homeless families waited an average of 976 days for a two bed home last year, a big improvement on the wait faced in 2017/18 of 2,285 days, but still up on 2016/17’s figure of 695.

Currently, homeless households face a four and a half year wait if they are looking for a four-bed home.

Housing has been prioritised by the council since last year’s local election, with the authority preparing to embark on the biggest house building scheme “in a generation”.

The council is spending nearly £2m more on homelessness than it was in 2015 and has borrowed millions to start building 750 new builds.

Responding to the figures, cabinet member for housing, Chris Kirby, said: “There are more people looking for council and housing association homes in Royal Greenwich than there are properties available, and as a result the Council has to allocate homes to people who are most in need.

“When a person is placed on the housing list in Royal Greenwich, based on our allocation policy they will be put into one of four bands – A, B1, B2 and C.

“The majority of housing applicants sit within band C with no priority, so this will naturally lead to a longer waiting time for most people on the list.

“The particular applicant who has been waiting for 47 years, is in band C and was made an offer in 2012, which they refused.”

Greenwich Council u-turn on emergency cash scheme

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Councillors have performed a u-turn on plans to scrap a scheme giving vulnerable residents cash in emergencies.

Greenwich Council’s cabinet decided last night to reinstate the emergency support scheme, with it originally set to be written out of this year’s budget as the cash-strapped council works to balance its books.

The decision to remove the scheme had disappointed councillors, with the council leader telling a cabinet meeting last week that “nobody gets into politics to take money away” from Greenwich’s poorest residents.

However, a last-minute change due to the council getting more cash in from business rates will see funds pumped into supporting the service.

From an extra £2m, leader Dan Thorpe and co decided last night to put £750,000 into the scheme, and £1.25m towards overspent budgets.

Community support awards are usually the provision of basic household items, new white goods, beds/bedding and furniture, rent deposits, and rent in advance.

According to council documents: “Payments have increased each month during Q3, with £13,500 paid out in December on emergency support grants alone. These are to some of the most vulnerable people in our borough.”

Speaking on Twitter, Mr Thorpe said: “After nine years of sustained and constant Tory austerity, we’re at the bone. £1,400 per household less than in 2010. We’ve used the one-off resources to save this scheme for another year and will do all we can to keep it going.”

The council’s budget will be approved at a meeting tonight which is expected to tell officers to find £2m in backroom cuts.

Mr Thorpe said it had been "the most challenging set of finances that I can ever remember."

Chief vows 'biggest house building programme for a generation'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Greenwich Council is set to borrow £142m to build hundreds of council homes in a bid to ease the housing crisis.

The cash will be on top of the £32m already being handed out by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and money already earmarked for housing – bringing the council’s kitty for new builds up to £240m.

There are 984 homeless households in temporary accommodation in Greenwich, the highest number for 10 years.

Council leader Dan Thorpe said last night: “We’ve responded to the lifting of the housing revenue cap and plan to borrow over £140 million to deliver the social housing our communities so desperately need.

"I’m determined to deliver the biggest council house building programme across Greenwich for a generation. Over £200 million of resources will be needed but we are taking the steps we need to deliver.”

The council has plans for nearly 770 new council homes, all starting to be built by 2022.

According to new council documents, five sites have been earmarked for the first round of building. Well Hall Road, The Under Wood, Simba House in Artillery Place, Southsprings and Sam Manners House have all been touted for new council homes.

Greenwich Council upset neighbours last year when it first decided to close the sheltered housing unit at Sam Manners House.

Residents in Tuskar Street said they were not consulted on the council’s proposals to decommission Sam Manners House in place of council homes.

There are currently 17,000 people waiting for a home in the borough and council officers say Sam Manners House is becoming harder to let and would be too costly to adapt.

Councillors will sign off on the new funding at a cabinet meeting on 20 February.

Politicians to scrutinise £1.3m spend on council magazine

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Greenwich Info screengrab
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Greenwich Council has been told to rethink plans to spend £1.3m on keeping its town hall magazine running for another four years.

Bosses at the council approved new printing and distributing contracts for the Greenwich Info earlier this month.

The fortnightly publication is delivered to the majority of households in the borough, but new contracts totalling £1.3m to keep it running were ‘called-in’ by the opposition.

Call-ins are rare town hall moves that have decisions brought back for further scrutiny.

Matt Hartley, the leader of Greenwich Conservatives, said Greenwich Info was an outdated way of getting in touch with residents – and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“It’s just dull”, Cllr Hartley said at a special scrutiny meeting last night. “The main reason for this call in is that far from being an effective means of communication, it is as dull as dishwater.

“This is a waste of resources, it will have an adverse impact on media outlets and it is ineffective and inefficient at communicating the right information to the right people.”

The Tory leader said claims the authority was offsetting its spending with advertising cash were debatable as council departments were placing ads – meaning it was moving taxpayers’ money “from one pot to another” and calling it revenue.

Council boss Katrina Stuart defended claims the magazine competed for advertising with local papers such as News Shopper or Greenwich Mercury, saying the Info attracted different markets.

She said: “The need to communicate with residents has never been stronger. “We can print it so long as it is not considered a newspaper – by necessity it has to be very dry as it is purely factual information that can be published.

“There is no other paper that is widely available. It is important there is borough wide access to jobs and housing and statutory notices.”

However, the panel agreed there may be a more cost effective method to target residents who want the Info – admitting that they themselves had not been getting a copy.

More babies in Greenwich being taken into care

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Almost 60 babies have been taken into care through court orders in Greenwich in the past decade.

A freedom of information request has revealed that, since 2008, 59 babies have been subject to a section 31 care proceeding within a week of their birth.

A S31 is a court order allowing children to be taken from their parents and placed into the care of the local authority – Greenwich Council. Responsibility is split between the council and the baby’s family.

Orders such as these are only made if a court is satisfied the baby could come into harm or potential harm if the child remained solely with its parents.

In the last year there has been an increase in the number of these orders being carried out, with 10 in total made in 2017/18, the highest annual number in the past decade.

Greenwich 'worst pass rate for English and maths GCSE'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Greenwich has the worst pass rates for English and Maths GCSEs in London, new data has shown.

Figures published by the Department for Education show a breakdown of how many pupils are hitting the coveted 9-4 pass grades in the key subjects.

The way GCSEs are graded changed last year, with 1-9 scale replacing standard grades of A*-F in most exams.

A pass grade, previously a C, is now a 4, with the top score of 9 reflecting the need for a grade higher than the old A*.

Figures for this year’s results show that 42% of Greenwich students didn’t reach the required passing grade in English and maths, with just 58% of pupils achieving a 9-4 result.

This is the lowest pass rate in the capital, with the next closest result coming out of Lambeth where 59.6% of students achieved a 9-4 grade.

Greenwich Council said it was planning to meet headteachers to turn the situation around.

A spokesman said: “The council and some schools are very disappointed by the 2018 GCSE results.

“While the borough is at the national average for attainment 8, our position in London is clearly not where we want it to be. We are working closely with our schools and supporting them to turn this situation around.

“A series of meetings have been arranged with head teachers to discuss the schools’ results. We are confident that schools have robust action plans in place to ensure results are improved for 2019."

Pub closing times to be reviewed after complaints

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cutty Sark pub
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Tired neighbours have asked councillors to look again at a Georgian pub’s closing times because of alleged noise from customers in the beer garden.

Residents living near to the Cutty Sark Tavern in Ballast Quay claim the pub’s garden is frequently noisy well past the clearing time set out in the boozer’s current licence.

Punters are allowed to stay in the garden – which can fit up to 100 people in – up until 23:00 most nights.

On behalf of residents, Greenwich councillor Chris Lloyd has applied for the current arrangements to be reconsidered.

In his application for a review, the councillor wrote: “The current time of 23:00 Monday to Saturday, 22:30 and Sunday at 22:30, with pub noise frequently continuing well beyond this time, is anti-social and has a detrimental effect on residents’ quality of life, and the enjoyment of their homes.

“They would like the committee to consider this amendment and in fairness to bring the licence into line with other pubs abutting residential areas, most of which have a more reasonable clearance time of 10pm or earlier.”

The Cutty Sark has been a pub since 1795, and since 2012 has been part of Young and Co’s brewery. The application will be considered next week.