Stakeholder Group Meeting –Monday 11 September 2017
Our regular Stakeholder Group meeting was hosted by Chestertons on Tower Bridge Road. As always we had a good turn-out with attendees including local residents and local businesses; Anood Al-Samerai, one of three elected Riverside councillors; representatives from Thames Water and from traffic study consultants Steer Davies Gleave; and Richard Wells from Southwark Council Highways.
Our full agenda covered updates on the Shad Thames traffic study and the streets project; the Shad Thames Pumping Station works coming up; on-going construction of The Dixon Hotel (on the former Tooley St Magistrates Court site); and refurbishment of Courage Yard (formerly Tower Bridge Piazza). We also heard from the Butlers Wharf Jetty working group with ideas for much-needed improvements on the riverside walkway, and were given details about the 5 October community conversation regarding St Saviour’s Dock footbridge. Other topics included the ex-Design Museum site (now owned by Zaha Hadid Foundation); greening initiatives; our joint Placemarks Project with Team London Bridge and BSAP (Bermondsey Street Area Partnership); and the STAMP Management Plan. We also a chance to admire the update of the Shad Thames Trail, beautifully designed by local business Hudson Fuggle – you can download a copy on the Resources page below.
Our Stakeholder Group continues to grow as more local residents and businesses get involved. Through the valuable contributions of local stakeholders, and our constructive and collaborative approach, we are creating an effective forum through which to make a real difference in the area.
Why do we love Shad Thames? – Saturday 23 September 2017
Nearly 80 visitors joined us on The Edwardian, moored at Butlers Wharf Pier, to explore the theme Why do we love Shad Thames? The event was part of Totally Thames Festival and we were given a warm welcome from Thames Luxury Charters who hosted us on one of their boats. We had a chance to hear from four speakers, all of whom had different but fascinating histories in the area: Joseph Robson and Jacqueline Jubert who set up AVR and Anise Gallery on Shad Thames; architect Jonathan Dransfield who has worked on many of the converted buildings and whose office in the shape of a pyramid makes an unusual contribution to the area; and Jon Byers who, after working for an estate agent in the area, returned a few years later to set up his own business, Anderson Rose. They were all united in their enthusiasm for the area and were also honest about their concerns going forward, especially since the Design Museum closed here in June 2016.
After making the most of photo opportunities from the boat, we took a leisurely walk around the area. It gave us the opportunity to discover some of the places highlighted in the new Shad Thames Trail and to point out new developments coming up.
Many thanks to our hosts, our speakers and everyone who came along for making it such a great morning. This was our tenth event celebrating Shad Thames and we are already looking forward to the next one!