Launching Summer 2017
The Plumstead Party is a proposed new resident-led group which will be set up to contest the 2018 Greenwich Council elections and lobby for the creation of a Plumstead Community Council. It will be free of any ties to tradtional political parties.
Policies will be set through a series of local meetings and the main aims will be properly representing the interests of local residents and ensuring money raised in Plumstead stays and is spent in Plumstead.
We aim to represent all residents, whether they are lifelong locals or recent arrivals, to get the best deal for Plumstead and everyone who lives here - not a pressure group for either gentrification or the status quo.
Local politics and services should not be under the control of national political parties. Too many of our council meetings are dominated by party political themes and policies over which the council has no control.
Residents' Associations are feature of local government elsewhere in the country and successfully allow local people to determine for themselves where money and services should be directed.
We believe that Plumstead residents should represent, and know what is best for, our area rather than political party activists who live and work elsewhere.
Our local area needs urgent investment - money raised here shouldn't be spent on pet projects elsewhere in the borough.
"Plumstead" is covered by a number of council wards under the current local authority boundaries.
We propose fielding three candidates each in Glyndon, Plumstead and Shooters Hill but, if more people are interested, there's a good argument to field candidates in wards like Abbey Wood and Woolwich Common too.
If you live further out, why not consider forming your own Charlton Party or Eltham Party? Many of the issues we face here in Plumstead are also affecting these areas.
A loose federation of local residents' parties could be one solution to our current one-party state.
In order to contest the 2018 local elections under the "Plumstead Party" banner we will need to nominate officers and register with the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner's Office.
We will also need a simple constitution and a bank account so that we can accept donations and pay for leaflets, etc.
Donations will be required to get the message out across Plumstead - a leaflet for every household in a ward costs around £200.
Rather than being a conventional membership organisation we propose that anybody who donates, however large or small, can vote during our upcoming candidate selections.
We need people who are willing to organise events, deliver leaflets, stand for council and much more.
We also need people to talk to their friends about the project and ask them to get involved and vote for change.
Ideas? We're open to them.
If you'd like to help in any way, have thoughts about the project, or even want to let us know that you'd vote for a Plumstead Party candidate in your ward, please get in touch below.
We will be holding a series of meetings across Plumstead over the next few months where we will be discussing the project and how you can help.
Details of these meetings will be posted here in due course.
If you'd like to attend, please sign up for more information below.
If you're interested in the idea, want to know more, or even want to volunteer your skills or time - let us know using the form below.