Residential Development Finally Refused
Applications for Residential Development Finally Refused
At its meeting on Wednesday, 17 July, the Development Committee adopted REASONS FOR REFUSAL No. 1 and No. 4 (click here to view).
The three members present at the last meeting and who voted for adoption were Cllr. Anwar Khan, Cllr. Judith Gardiner and Cllr. Gulam Robbani (the Chair, Cllr. Helal Abbas, abstained).
We hope that the Canal and River Trust will instruct the applicant (H20 Urban) not to appeal against this decision; and will meet with us to discuss the better management of Bow Wharf, for the benefit of the Trust, local residents, visitors and tourists. 
A regular two-way waterbus service on the six-mile waterway ring would increase the number of users at Bow Wharf and other places of interest such as Three Mills and the Ragged School Museum.
EEWG thinks that the two-way service should be an alternative public transport system for residents, visitors and tourists in the eastern and central parts of Tower Hamlets; and should operate from Limehouse Basin with 15 waterbus stops. 
The proposed stops have been located and include a stop for Bow Wharf and Victoria Park at the north-east corner of Wennington Green (northern part of Mile End Park).  A draft plan and description is available here.
We hope that the Trust will embrace this new business model for the better use of the unique six-mile waterway ring. Properly advertised and managed, the waterbus service would provide a steady income for the Trust, encourage a wider range of retail and other facilities at Bow Wharf and increase visitor numbers at all the places of interest on the waterway ring.
To assist the setting up and management of a regular two-way passenger boat service, our East End Waterway Guide to historic buildings, structures and sights is nearing completion and will be published jointly by Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives and EEWG.
Tom Ridge
for and on behalf of 
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Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with Canal & River Trust, Tower Hamlets Council and others for the protection and beneficial use of the six mile waterway ‘ring’, its historic buildings, structures and habitats.

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