A few of the comments written on the responses to our
Greenwich mailing in August 2007 are given below (the printable ones). Responses where no
location is given came in via email. A more complete list is present in this
not have a car but support the campaign” A.P. Thamesmead
car is the easiest way to get around as I can’t walk more than 50 yards – I
have worked and saved hard to be able to have a car. No more taxes.” S.W.
absolutely against any congestion charges anywhere, let alone Greenwich. It
is a con to rob people of their hard earned money.” S.A. Shooters Hill
should the driver always be penalised. Congestion will be here to stay as we
are now overcrowded everywhere.” D.C. Eltham
think that paying for a permit for my car of £40 per year is enough and I
think it is disgusting that there is a possibility of having to pay to drive
in Greenwich.” C.D. Greenwich
not drive myself but my family use the Blackwall Tunnel and A2 to visit me.
London is being strangled by TfL. Taking money that is supposed to be put to
good use, and charging this that and the other for residents and visitors.”
idea that local residents could potentially be asked to pay a congestion
charge to drive in their own borough is ludicrous and unfair. We pay Council
tax to support our area and expect to be able to enjoy it fully. The
constant tailbacks to the Blackwell tunnel and grid lock within Greenwich
and Blackheath obviously impede such enjoyment and are clearly a result of
a) huge volumes traffic coming into London (and not Greenwich) b) constant
road works c) constant work on/problems with the tunnel d) tourist
attractions like the Royal Park, Maritime Museum, Market, Cutty Sark etc. To
suggest they are the result of people living in the area is pathetic.” J.C.
resident of Blackheath I know only too well how busy the surrounding roads
are but do not see this as the answer to the problem. The locals will be the
ones that are affected the most and this is unfair in my opinion.” A.A.
wholeheartedly agree with your campaign. As soon as the Blackwall Tunnel
tidal flow was withdrawn after some 29 years for, in my opinion, cock and
bull story-like reasons, I knew it was only a matter of time before
congestion charging was implemented.” M.M. New Eltham
definitely oppose the congestion charge. It always starts low and gradually
climbs to an exorbitant price .Take London for example, started at £5, now
£8, won’t be long to go to £10 .Here in Greenwich it will only be used to
take money from drivers, while no better and reasonable priced public
transport is made available.” L.S.
proposal for congestion charges in Greenwich is completely ridiculous and
there is no justification for this proposal on any grounds. I strongly
object to this.” S.C.
is appalling that the government should want to charge Greenwich residents a
congestion charge, when this area is mainly populated by those who live
there, and who should be entitled to freely travel the roads without yet
another tax to pay. There is no justification for creating a congestion
charge for this area. Your efforts in driving this campaign are much
appreciated.” M.G. Eltham
“Regarding congestion charges - No !!, I do not want to pay congestion
charges in Greenwich as I find it very hard living on my own with a basic
pension, trying to make ends meet. Five pounds congestion charge is a lot
of money for an OAP, especially when we have to pay so much tax and
insurance. I think it’s a disgrace.” C.L.
“Please count me in as one of those who oppose the introduction of the above
in Greenwich. We suffer enough with only one main crossing (Blackwall
tunnel) from north to south for miles. It did not seem fair to have to pay
on top of our inconvenience.” O.O.
Greenwich based coach Company, with many of my staff traveling along the
mentioned roads, I support your campaign to fight any further charges that
TFL or Greenwich Council wish to impose. They are killing all type of
businesses in the area”. L.T. Greenwich.
wish to advise that my wife and myself are totally opposed to the
introduction of the proposed Congestion Charge. Do the Council and Transport
for London not realise what a burden it will be on the Greenwich residents
who need to travel freely within their own Borough, especially when they
happen to be O.A.P's, as we are. It is no good people saying we can travel
free on local busses, bus routes do not cover every street within the
Borough. We consider we pay more than enough to our local council in the
form of Council Tax without having to pay to use our roads as well. The
motorist is forever being penalized in the form of extra taxes, because this
is what the proposal would be, and it about time it was stopped.” J.H.
“I strongly object to a
proposed congestion charge in Greenwich. Another stealth tax on motorists!
Greenwich council has not got a great track record in conducting full
consultation processes to proposals in recent years so I thoroughly support
calls for a complete consultation on this issue. The implications are both
many and far-reaching and those that will be asked to finance this scheme
should have their say! I agree with your leaflet, there is no justification
for this on environmental grounds - as evidenced in London. It penalizes
the people who can least afford to pay more tax, i.e. low-paid shift
workers, hospital staff etc. Finally, with no efficient, reliable,
convenient and all-purpose public transport service, people have to use
their cars and so become a soft target.” C.H. New Eltham
“I am totally in support of your campaign and believe we should be given a
fair and real vote on the issue of the introduction of the Congestion Charge
in Greenwich and could not agree with you more in the fact that 'yes' this
will hit the less wealthy then most. Don't we pay enough in taxes already?
Ken Livingston is already making my life a misery since the closure of the
Tidal Flow at the tunnel and this would really be the icing on the cake, I
can just about afford to get to work what with road tax, insurance
etc...with two little kids I don't rely on the government and handouts. I'd
rather work, but by imposing such tolls on us it would force me to stay at
home as I wouldn't be able to afford to go to work anymore. The 'People's
Mayor', I don't think so....” D.D.
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