Stakeholder Group meeting – Tuesday 27 January 2017
We had a good start to the new year with a full Stakeholder Group meeting held in the comfortable private dining room at Brown’s. A total of 26 people attended the meeting, including representatives from Thames Water, local residents and local businesses, and Anood Al-Samerai, one of our three Riverside Ward Councillors.
Our discussions included updates on the Shad Thames Pumping Station, Magistrates Court hotel, Courage Yard (Tower Bridge Piazza) and the Design Museum site; reports of a new STAMP initiative focusing on Butler’s Wharf jetty; a feasibility study looking at services and deliveries consolidation; St. Saviour’s Dock Bridge; and a progress report on the Shad Thames Streets Project. Jon Byers also reported on the emerging Shad Thames Business Association (STBA) and we heard about developments on our two current greening projects (a green wall on Lafone Street and a zig-zag bench on Butlers Wharf jetty) as well as events planned for 2017.
The packed agenda and the continuing good turnout at meetings are positive signs of the growing impact we are having in the area.
What next for St Saviour’s Dock Bridge? – Tuesday 31 January 2017
On 31 January we held a community conversation about the history, structure and future of this award-winning bridge. Built in 1995, the bridge has been through over 20 years of wear, tear and repair. It now needs attention, most crucially so that it can be opened easily to allow access for emergency services. Southwark Council are exploring all options from full refurbishment to replacement, and are aiming for a structure with a 50-year life span.
Some 50 people attended the meeting which was kindly hosted by Brown’s in their private dining room, with a great view of the bridge. We heard from Nick Lacey, the original architect, and Bryn Bird, the original engineer, as well as from Dale Foden who is leading this project within Southwark Council. Anood Al-Samerai (one of our three Riverside Ward Councillors) facilitated a productive discussion where people had the chance to ask questions, comment on the current structure and arrangements, and explore what would work best going forward. We have also collected nearly 100 written comments, and if you would like to add your views please contact email@example.com for a feedback form.
Southwark Council has now begun a detailed modelling exercise and commissioned a feasibility study which is expected to report in the summer of 2017. STAMP will continue to work hard to ensure that all stakeholders are involved in the process.