A change.org petition has been set up by residents of Greenwich and the Isle-Of-Dogs, campaigning to reduce noise and pollution of the planned Enderby Cruise Terminal.
If you’ve not already read about it in the press, the planned redevelopment of Enderby’s Wharf across the river from Plymouth Wharf includes plans for a cruise liner terminal.
Under current plans, once completed the cruise terminal at Enderby Wharf – between the Cutty Sark and the O2 – will host cruise ships up to 240m long – without offering shore based electrical power.
Why does this matter? Well it’s likely to have a significant environmental impact both in terms of noise and pollution as ships will need to keep their engines powered up whilst docked.
So far the developers seem to have taken little consideration of local residents or even followed European Union directive 2012/33/EU that states:
“Air pollution caused by ships at berth is a major concern for many harbour cities when it comes to their efforts to meet the Union’s air quality limit values.
Member States should encourage the use of shore-side electricity, as the electricity for present-day ships is usually provided by auxiliary engines.”
You can sign the petition here. You can also comment on the application through Greenwich Council’s planning site.