As the Government launches an investigation into the air quality in the UK, we look at one of the latest developments approved in Greenwich.

Enderby Wharf cruise terminal was voted through by Greenwich Council in July and is set to be built in the river Thames between Tower Hamlets and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

The development will include 477 homes, a skills academy, crèche and alterations and extensions to Grade II listed Enderby House. But it’s the cruise ships that cause residents serious concerns .

The following five points come from Tower Hamlets resident Ralph Hardwick, who has been pushing the Government to take notice of the impact the boats’ emissions could have on air quality.

  1. Greenwich is currently a pollution hotspot as it already exceeds EU pollution levels.
  2. The diesel emissions from a cruise ship have no post combustion mitigation, unlike road vehicles that have catalysts and particulate filters.
  3. The fuel used in a ship has 100 times more sulphur content than road diesel.
  4. A consultant has confirmed that it will be like having 688 HGV’s running their engines. If they drove into the London low emission zone; fines of £68,800 would be payable.
  5. The resultant poor air quality will have an effect on the developing lungs of children and lead to the premature death of many local citizens.

Greenwich Cllr Danny Thorpe, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, has previously said: “The council is committed to improving air quality in the borough, and recognises that this was an area of concern for local residents.

“I hope that it will be reassuring for residents to learn that the Mayor has submitted our measures to independent scrutiny and found them to be satisfactory.”