Stakeholder Group Meeting 22 November 2016
We’ve held STAMP Stakeholder Group meetings in some unusual places before, including on the benches of the court room in the Magistrates Court and on board The Edwardian moored at Butlers Wharf Pier. Our last venue however will take some beating! Thanks to the generous welcome from Chris Earlie, Bridgemaster and Head of Tower Bridge, our last STAMP meeting took place in Tower Bridge’s Events Space with this amazing view.
A total of 33 people attended the meeting, including a good mix of local businesses and local residents as well as Southwark Council. We managed to tear ourselves away from the view to focus on Shad Thames business and covered updates on the Magistrates Court hotel, Courage Yard (Tower Bridge Piazza), Shad Thames Pumping Station, the Tower Bridge Road pedestrian crossing, the Design Museum site and St. Saviours Dock Bridge. We also heard about the initiative for a Shad Thames Business Association and discussed two greening projects, the Shad Thames Streets Project and events planned for 2017.
Exploring the Thames in Shad Thames – Saturday 24 September 2016
As part of the Totally Thames Festival 2016, we held a series of events to explore connections between Shad Thames and the river. We had a great turnout for all three events – thanks to everyone who joined us.
We began with coffee and an introduction to the area, where people could pick up a free copy of the Shad Thames Trail. We then visited The Edwardian moored nearby at Butlers Wharf Pier where we were treated to a conversation with Edward Livett, representing the sixth generation of watermen/lightermen in the Livett family stretching back to 1710.
For our second event we heard from Jack Hobday, co-founder of Anspach & Hobday, a local microbrewery based nearby on Druid Street. There was a chance to ask Jack questions and to taste his beer, which went down a treat. We then visited Jacob the bronze dray horse sculpture located at The Circle, where Anchor Brewery used to stable its horses for beer delivery, before meeting some live horses visiting us on Butlers Wharf.
Our last event focused on the 19th century docks, their closure in 1972 and the regeneration of the area which began in the 1980s and continues today. We had a good walk around the area, looking at historic buildings, contemporary architecture and future developments.
A very big thanks to Cluttons for providing the meeting point for all three events, to Thames Luxury Cruises for hosting us on their boat, and to the weather for being so fantastic!