Conservative councillors fear a cruise ship terminal in the River Thames would dramatically increase air pollution.

Two Tower Hamlets councillors have come out fighting after Greenwich Council passed plans to build the Enderby Wharf facility in an area of the river which borders the two boroughs.

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Leader of the Tower Hamlets Conservatives Peter Golds said: “We were extremely disappointed with the outcome.

“We will have to see what happens in Greenwich – I have been on enough cruises in my life to know that there will be coaches lined up to take people from the terminal.

“I think this could create a lot of air pollution, and Greenwich Council will have a lot to answer for further down the line.”

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Permission for Enderby Wharf was granted on Tuesday, July 21. It will also include 477 homes, a skills academy, crèche and alterations and extensions to Grade II listed Enderby House.

The terminal will be situated in the river between Tower Hamlets and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Cllr Chris Chapman (Con, Blackwall and Cubitt Town) said: “Greenwich council have ridden roughshod over the legitimate concerns of residents on both sides of the river.

“In light of recent headlines relating to increased deaths among Londoners resulting from air pollution, we find Greenwich Council’s dismissal of the additional harm that this application will cause to be totally unacceptable.”