Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs has slammed information circulated to Isle of Dogs residents by Conservative councillors.
Mr Biggs described the material about the impact of a cruise terminal approved by Greenwich Council at Enderby Wharf as “scaremongering opportunism.”
Planning consent was granted on July 21 , yet many Greenwich and Tower Hamlets residents objected to the development as it will increase pollution in both boroughs.
Mr Biggs said his party “consistently raised objections on all substantial issues regarding the Enderby Wharf cruise terminal as it went through the planning process”.
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While stating he recognised the local impact of this decision, he sought to deflect the debate to one on air quality across the whole of London.
As an Assembly Member, he said Mayor of London Boris Johnson needed to act at a capital-wide level.
He said: “People should understand Mr Johnson, who has the power to overturn strategic planning decisions like this, did not intervene.
“Indeed his support for the terminal is made clear in his ‘2020 Vision’ for London Transport.
“Tower Hamlets Tories argue that Labour has done too little to challenge the Enderby Wharf plans.
“The truth is that we did object, and supported the community on air quality.
“However, it rapidly became clear that the air pollution from ships would be within the Government guidelines supported by Mr Johnson, and that therefore it was pointless for us to formally object as a council about the air quality.
“I will continue to argue for tighter rules. And they need to be retrospective. And in place soon.”
DEFRA’s technical guidelines from 2009 provide the standards by which all council environmental health teams make their assessments.