Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

22nd March 2006

 

London's Green MEP Supports Campaign Against Thames Gateway Bridge

Campaigners against the Thames Gateway Bridge will be given the chance to get their voices heard on Tuesday 11th April when London’s Green MEP, Jean Lambert joins with Greenwich Green Party for a public meeting in Thamesmead.

The bridge, linking Beckton to Thamesmead, was intended to improve accessibility to and within the Thames Gateway area supporting the regeneration of East London. With few benefits to local residents, the bridge looks set to simply increase levels of traffic and pollution much of it from thru traffic, bringing misery to East London.

Jean, who is supporting local community opposition campaigns in their quest to stop the bridge expressed her concerns saying; “The Thames Gateway Bridge is not a sustainable solution. We would see a surge in the amount of traffic in the East London area and with no planned facilities the traffic would have no where to go.

“London is already suffering from breeched standards of air quality and increased traffic congestion in the area will simply make this worse. Under EU laws the Government has until September 2006 to notify the Commission that it has failed to meet clean air standards. The onus is on the UK to admit and amend its pollution breeches. Surely planners must see that the proposed bridge would simply plunge the capital and the Government into deeper problems.”

The public meeting, “Thames Gateway Bridge - Why Not!” takes place on Tuesday 11th April 7.30pm at the Christian Life Centre, 11 Arnott Close Thamesmead SE28. For more information on the event please contact David Sharman, Greenwich Green Party tel: 020 8305 2196

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For more information please contact:
Morwenna Holland, Media Officer
tel: 020 7407 6280 or 07813149812
email: media@jeanlambertmep.org.uk
www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk

Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.