Stakeholder Group Meeting –Monday 27 March 2017
Our latest Stakeholder Group meeting took place in Anise Gallery, one of the many local venues who have generously hosted us since we began in 2014. Some 30 people joined us, with a mix of local residents and local businesses; Hamish McCallum (one of our three elected local councillors); representatives from Southwark Council’s Highways and Transport teams; a director from Team London Bridge; and representatives from consultants Steer Gleave Davies who are working on the Shad Thames traffic study.
Our packed agenda covered an introduction to the Bridge Theatre (opening in Potters Fields Park in autumn 2017); the Shad Thames traffic study (supported by TfL and Southwark Council and now underway); the Southwark Kerbside Strategy; plus updates on the Magistrates Court hotel (to be called The Dixon), Courage Yard, Butler’s Wharf jetty working group, St. Saviour’s Dock Bridge, the Shad Thames Streets Project, Shad Thames Pumping Station works and the ex-Design Museum site. We also heard about the latest Team London Bridge initiatives and the successful funding of two Shad Thames greening projects which can now move forward – the green wall on Lafone Street and the zig-zag bench on Butlers Wharf jetty.
We continue to see an excellent turnout for our meetings and to have lively discussions on a wide range of local issues. Thanks to the efforts of individuals, businesses and other partner organisations, we are having a tangible and positive impact on 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.