ENVIRONMENT: Greenwich Council leader crowned News Shopper green winner

News Shopper: Council Greener Greenwich coordinator, Peter Savage, judge Elizabeth Greenwood, Cllr Roberts and News Shopper's Dan Keel Council Greener Greenwich coordinator, Peter Savage, judge Elizabeth Greenwood, Cllr Roberts and News Shopper's Dan Keel

THE leader of Greenwich Council has been crowned the winner of News Shopper's How Green Is Your Council Leader competition.

Councillor Chris Roberts picked up his trophy from judge Elizabeth Greenwood at Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park today.

Each council leader in the News Shopper area was asked 10 questions testing their environmental credentials, and Cllr Roberts, who has never had a driving lesson in his life, came out on top.

Ms Greenwood said: "He sets a good personal example - identifying many ways in which he reduces his carbon footprint including managing his lifestyle without owning a car.

"He lobbies to improve the quality of life for Greenwich residents by better provision of public transport, to make civic spaces more pleasant for people by extending pedestrian areas and also to expand local green spaces."

Cllr Roberts said: "It is a big surprise. I have never really considered how not driving a car can appear to other people. It's nice to be appreciated."

To read Cllr Roberts' answers to our questionnaire, visit greenguardian.co.uk

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2:54pm Tue 16 Feb 10

MB says...

Perhaps the judges should have taken a better look around them: in his enthusiasm to discourage others from driving cllr Roberts has made many of Greenwich's main roads as unfriendly to drivers as possible, and nowhere more than in the Peninsula. This certainly hasn't improved residents' quality of life or the environment as people are either stuck in traffic lights (that must have been programmed by chimpanzees) or navigate rat-runs through residential roads.
Perhaps the judges should have taken a better look around them: in his enthusiasm to discourage others from driving cllr Roberts has made many of Greenwich's main roads as unfriendly to drivers as possible, and nowhere more than in the Peninsula. This certainly hasn't improved residents' quality of life or the environment as people are either stuck in traffic lights (that must have been programmed by chimpanzees) or navigate rat-runs through residential roads. MB

6:41am Wed 17 Feb 10

Irwin says...

Not as green as Gravesend's Council leader, who thinks it is a good idea to concrete the whole historic town centre over.
Not as green as Gravesend's Council leader, who thinks it is a good idea to concrete the whole historic town centre over. Irwin

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