Stakeholder Group Meeting 4 October 2016
Our last Stakeholder Group meeting was kindly hosted by Market Porter, the new pop-up café in Tower Bridge Piazza/Courage Yard.
A total of 27 people attended the meeting, including local businesses, local residents, two of our Riverside Ward councillors and representatives from Thames Water, Team London Bridge and Southwark Council. We had updates on the Shad Thames Pumping Station works; on-going developments at the Magistrates Court hotel and Tower Bridge Piazza/Courage Yard; and the Tower Bridge Road pedestrian crossing. We also covered greening projects in the area; the Shad Thames Streets Project; strengthening ties between the local business community and residents; and the local area vision.
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!