South Dock Boatyard Update – Destroying London’s Industry

The Boat Yard is full to its brim. This area will be replaced with one of two massive tower blocks. In theory the boats will go underneath - how horrible!

The South Dock Boatyard is full to its brim. This area will be replaced with one of two massive tower blocks. In theory the boats will go underneath – how horrible!

 

Deptford - Rotherhithe Boundary Wall with the South Dock Boat Yard in the Background. All the trees will be replaced with a tower block if Southwark get their way.

Deptford – Rotherhithe Boundary Wall with the South Dock Boat Yard in the Background. All the trees will be replaced with a tower block if Southwark get their way.

Yesterday morning a “Headline Report” about South Dock Boat Yard landed on our doormat. It shows how after “consultation” with the local people Southwark Council have decided to make the tower blocks even taller. They are still claiming an increased boat yard space despite plonking 213 flats on top of it!  As Southwark Council appear to be totally ignoring the opinions of local boat owners, residents and those who work in the boatyard it was decided that we need professional help to fight against this horrendous development. A Crowdfunding Proposal was put forward to raise funds to hire a planning consultant and a planning lawyer. We needed around £7,500 and it was very quickly raised. There was a long feature article in the Times on Saturday 30th July about the success of the campaign.

The destruction of industry in London has become rife and industrial properties are being destroyed on a mammoth scale. Just within a 5 minute walk from South Dock about 100,000 square foot of industrial space has been demolished. Many of the buildings were quite recently built and in good condition. It is putting huge pressure on the few remaining industrial estates and no doubt industrial prices will be forced upwards. Jobs are being lost on a grand scale. With the future of London as a financial centre under threat we could end up in real trouble.

Southwark are now set on destroying the industry along the Old Kent Road. You can find out more on Facebook at Facebook.com/vital.okr. Southwark obviously make more money from luxury flats, many stand empty while their Far Eastern investors reap the profits.

It’s not just Southwark and Lewisham, other London boroughs don’t realise the importance of industry either. London’s last spectacle works is now under threat from housing.

http://spitalfieldslife.com/2016/07/31/save-the-algha-spectacle-works/

Please try to find a few moments to watch Mark’s excellent video about the importance of industry to London:

For more information on the South Dock Boat Yard development visit:

https://www.facebook.com/SouthDockandSurrounding

I will post more information on this blog as and when something occurs. It is essential this boatyard remains as a working yard for the sake of all the river users and local people of Rotherhithe and Deptford.

2 Responses to “South Dock Boatyard Update – Destroying London’s Industry”

  1. JP Says:

    Good luck! Have you talked to the PLA? Maintaining South Dock Boat Yard seems consistent with their safeguarded wharves and Thames Vision:
    https://pla.co.uk/Port-Trade/Safeguarded-Wharves
    https://pla.co.uk/About-Us/The-Thames-Vision

  2. Alasdair Says:

    I believe someone has talked to the PLA but I am not sure about the outcome. I’ll try to find out and I can bring it to their attention if they are not fully aware of what is being proposed. Thanks for the links! Alasdair

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