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.