The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, has described information circulated to residents on The Isle of Dogs by the opposition Conservative Group on Tower Hamlets Council about the impact of the cruise liner terminal across the river at Enderby Wharf as “scaremongering opportunism.”
Tower Hamlets, as a neighbouring planning authority, had consistently raised objections on all substantial issues regarding the Enderby Wharf cruise terminal as it went through the planning process. Now that planning permission has been granted by Greenwich Council, The Mayor is well aware of the genuine concerns on the local impacts of that decision. Noise and pollution levels will be closely monitored.
However, the Mayor is keen to stress that there is a wider issue at stake here, which is the quality of air across London.
Campaigning to improve London’s air quality has been a priority for John Biggs as an Assembly Member and will continue to be as Mayor of Tower Hamlets. As an Assembly Member he has argued with the Mayor of London that he needs to stop refusing to act and do more to address London’s poor air quality.
“People should understand that the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has the power to overturn strategic planning decisions like this, did not intervene. Indeed his support for the Cruise Liner Terminal is made clear in his “2020 Vision” for London Transport.
“The Tower Hamlets Tories argue that Labour has done too little to challenge the cruise liner terminal at Enderby Wharf. The truth is that we did object, and supported the community on air quality. However, it rapidly became clear that the air pollution from ships would be within the Government guidelines supported by Boris Johnson, and that therefore it was pointless for us to formally object as a council about the air quality.