Date Published 18 January 2010
A Minister met with community leaders and police chiefs to discuss the problems faced by people living in one of the capital’s most deprived towns. Barbara Follett MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, came to Gallions Housing, Harrow Manor Way in Thamesmead on Tuesday. She met leaders of Bexley and Greenwich councils, housing association heads, bosses from developer Tilfen Land and commanders for the two boroughs. Erith and Thamesmead MP John Austin said `The purpose of the meeting was to familiarise the Minister with the problems, challenges and opportunities facing Thamesmead. It has unique problems because it is straddled by the boundary for two boroughs. `Greenwich receives more funding because it has more areas of deprivation, but some of the poorest parts of Thamesmead fall in Bexley borough which gets less funding. `The Tavy Bridge regeneration project has stalled because of the recession. `You can’t solve these problems with one meeting, but it was a positive discussion and I’m confident we can overcome many of the cross border issues, like funding`.