There is still no word over whether the Government will “call in” the Enderby Wharf cruise terminal in Greenwich over concerns about air quality.
The controversial proposal has been cleared by both the Greenwich Borough Council and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, despite his concerns that idling ships will pump fumes into the air.
The matter was raised in the House of Commons on Thursday (October 15) by Poplar and Limehouse MP Jim Fitzpatrick. Although his constituency is north of the river, residents of the Isle of Dogs have expressed their fears that fumes will drift across the river from the proposed London City Cruise Port.
In questions to the Leader of the House Chris Grayling, Mr Fitzpatrick said: “The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Mayor of London have approved a planning application for a cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf on the Thames, despite the absence of the provision of a shore to ship energy supply, which would prevent ships from having to use their diesel engines for power while they are berthed there.
“Has the Leader of the House had any indication from the Department for Communities and Local Government that it will be making a statement calling in this application for a proper examination of the impact on air quality in London?”
Mr Grayling replied: “I am sure the Honourable Gentleman’s concerns have been heard. He has made his case eloquently. This is a detailed planning matter that would have to be handled in the usual way by Ministers, but I am sure his comments have been noted.”