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GBGP Newsletter #58:

Write to your councillor and object to the Silvertown Tunnel

We have created a letter/email template that anyone is welcome to use if they wish to write to their local councillor and object to the Silvertown Tunnel. [Why?]

You can find out who your local ward councillor is here.

Feel free to copy and paste from following:

Dear Cllr (Name)

I am writing to ask that the Royal Borough of Greenwich call on the Mayor of London for Silvertown Tunnel construction to be immediately paused, pending a review to take account of the urgency of the Climate Emergency, and the Borough’s and the mayor’s own Carbon Neutral Plans.

The project should be paused until Greenwich receives definitive legal advice on the ability of future mayors to reduce or scrap user charges in the name of political expediency in the future, which would further increase the induced traffic to the tunnel.

I also want the council to demand that TfL provide detailed modelling on what would happen to traffic, carbon emissions and air quality if we have a new motorway tunnel and no tolls.

As you will know, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Regeneration, Culture and Transport Scrutiny Panel passed a resolution on 9th December

(1) that RBG calls for Silvertown Tunnel construction to be paused pending a review to take account of the Climate Emergency, Borough Carbon Neutral Plans
(2) that RBG joins with neighbouring Boroughs to seek definitive legal advice on the ability of future mayors to reduce or scrap user charges.

Failing to follow this resolution would clearly indicate that the council is neglecting its responsibility to the environment and future generations by locking in additional air pollution and traffic for decades to come.

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