Figures from both Labour and the Conservatives have united in a bid to oppose the selling-off of a rare patch of green space on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Greenwich Council’s Conservative party members will move a motion at next week’s full meeting calling on the authority to dump plans to sell the Rose Garden.

The Tories have also demanded “a full explanation” as to why the council has attempted to sell-off the sliver of green on Blackwall Lane for the second time in five years.

It comes as the Labour MP for Woolwich and Greenwich, Matthew Pennycook, wrote to council leader Dan Thorpe urging him to personally intervene to halt the disposal.

Stating he was writing to “object in the strongest terms” to the plans, the shadow minister for climate change said he was “at a loss to understand why (the council) appears determined, despite having rightly abandoned a previous attempt to do so in 2015, to dispose of the Rose Garden…”.

“I urge you to personally intervene to halt this disposal and give serious consideration to investing in enhancing this precious green space for the benefit of local residents,” Mr Pennycook said.

In their motion to be moved at the September 23, the Greenwich Tories urge the authority to dump the move.

“The proposal is opposed by East Greenwich Residents Association, The Greenwich Society, and received over 50 objections from residents when it was previously proposed in 2015,” the motion states.

“Council records its opposition to the disposal of this public open space and directs the Cabinet to halt the sale and provide a full explanation of why it was proposed.”

With a small set of rose bushes and several grown trees, the small field offers a welcome green break in an otherwise built-up area, which is set to see more traffic when the yet-to-be-built Silvertown Tunnel directs vehicles onto the road.

The authority only published a notice regarding the potential disposal of the land in a hyper-local Greenwich publication on September 2, giving residents just over two weeks to lodge their thoughts on the proposal.