Stakeholder Group Meeting –Monday 15 January 2018
We held our first regular Stakeholder Group meeting of 2018 in The Coal Shed restaurant at One Tower Bridge. The new year began well with a good turnout of local residents and businesses, as well as Anood Al-Samerai (one of our elected Riverside councillors) and guest speakers from Southwark Council’s Highways team and from Thames Water. It was particularly interesting to welcome stakeholders who’d been involved in the area since regeneration began in the early 1980s, along with newcomers to Shad Thames.
As usual, we had a full agenda. We started with an update from the Council about the Shad Thames Streets Improvements Project, an initiative that has been running for several years and which should deliver some tangible results during 2018. We also heard from Thames Water about work at the Shad Thames Pumping Station in connection with the Thames Tideway Tunnel. This work is scheduled to take place between March and September.
The agenda then moved to updates for a number of on-going matters, including improvements on Butler’s Wharf Riverside; work at The Circle; St Saviours Dock footbridge repair; construction of the Dixon Hotel (on the old Tooley Street Magistrates Court site – scheduled to open before the end of 2018); Courage Yard refurbishment news; and the Design Museum site (now owned by Zaha Hadid Foundation).
The meeting concluded with a review of how STAMP operates, including its Stakeholder Group meetings, communications and stakeholder participation. There were a number of good suggestions to help us have even more impact. The meeting affirmed that, thanks to the valuable contributions of local stakeholders and STAMP’s constructive and collaborative approach, we have created an effective forum which makes a real difference in maintaining, enhancing and celebrating the Shad Thames area.
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