LONDON DOCKS

LONDON DOCKS

Post by coac » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 22:07:01


The London Borough of Newham have before them a planning application for a floating hotel complex on the Royal Albert Dock (12/01956/FUL.

Whatever one might think of the rowing facility at the London Docks it is has become a well used asset not only to the local community but also of use to rowers from a much wider area.

Seven years ago, when we won the bid for this years sporting jamboree in East London, the docks where part of the application and I believe that they might have been promoted as the Rowing venue in some of the early publicity.

The loss or imparement of a rowing venue must be resisted at all costs. The presence of a large cruise liner with semi-permenant on land facilities moored within the last 500m of the Docklands 2000m course will prevent any meaningful viewing of racing.

Even though I coach at a club on the other side of London, in Putney, my club regularly makes use the flat and still waters of the dock, when making final preparations for a major event such as HRR.

As a sport we need to be contacting Newham's planning department and making our views felt on this application.

 
 
 

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Post by Henry La » Mon, 24 Dec 2012 23:54:39


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> As a sport we need to be contacting Newham's planning department and making our views felt on this application.

Quite so.  But unfortunately the "views" of the residents (and rowers)
of Newham count for little or nothing in the planning process, still
less the views of anyone from elsewhere.

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Henry Law            Manchester, England

 
 
 

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Post by coac » Tue, 25 Dec 2012 20:47:18

Back in the 1980's, it was the views and support that Eton Dorney got from the rowing community at large that helped persuade the Planning Public Enquiry that there was more than purely local interest at stake.