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HISTORIC NO. 2 AND NO.5 GASHOLDERS AT THE BETHNAL GREEN HOLDER STATION
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EEWG NEWSLETTER

September/October 2014

THREATENED HISTORIC GASHOLDERS IN TOWER HAMLETS

We have just heard that National Grid has applied to English Heritage for both historic gasholders at Bethnal Green to be given a CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNITY against national listing.  Without the protection of national listing, both gasholders can be demolished, although they are in the Regent's Canal Conservation Area.

English Heritage is considering the application and there will probably be an opportunity for experts to comment. Even so, English Heritage has already issued a number of certificates relating to historic gasholders in London.

National Grid plans to demolish all gasholders at Bethnal Green (including the two historic gasholders by the canal).  And all the gasholders at Poplar (including the historic gasholder by the River Lea).  

According to the Tower Hamlets Managing Development Development Plan Documents (DPD), the sites of the two historic gasholders at Bethnal Green (and the sites of some gasholders at Poplar) are to be laid out by developers as new parks next to new residential developments.  The DPD was examined in public by a planning inspector in September 2012.

Tom Ridge represented the East End Waterway Group at the public examination and outlined EEWG proposals for retaining the three historic gasholders in the new parks. A senior officer in the parks department stated that the proposals were feasible; and the inspector asked planning officers about a form of words to allow these proposals.  But the Council's QC advised against such words being included in the DPD. This was finally approved by the inspector and subsequently formally adopted by Tower Hamlets Council.

EEWG's proposals have been incorporated in 2 online petitions to National Grid and Tower Hamlets Council.  Please read the attached notes, study Malcolm Tucker's photographs and sign both online petitions to save the historic gasholders at Bethnal Green and Poplar. 

At the public examination, Tower Hamlets Council wanted National Grid to demolish all the gasholders in 2014, so we must try and save the historic gasholder at Poplar at the same time as the two at Bethnal Green. Especially as an application for a Certificate of Immunity relating to one or more holders at Poplar is either in the process of being made or is likely to be made in the near future.

Please sign both petitions as soon as possible and encourage others to do the same.

Tom Ridge
for and on behalf of 
East End Waterway Group
ATTACHMENTS
POPLAR HOLDER STATION PETITION TEXT

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ASK NATIONAL GRID AND TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL TO FULLY RETAIN AND REFURBISH THE UNIQUE AND NATIONALLY IMPORTANT NO. 1 GASHOLDER OF 1876-78 AS A MEMORIAL (IN THE SOUTH-WEST CORNER OF THE PROPOSED PARK) TO THE ENGINEERS OF THE EAST END'S OWN GAS COMPANY, AND THE CONSTRUCTIONAL ENGINEERING FIRM OF SAMUEL CUTLER AND SONS OF MILLWALL.  ALSO TO RETAIN AND REFURBISH ASSOCIATED STRUCTURES AND ADD TO LOCAL LIST. 

 
BETHNAL GREEN HOLDER STATION PETITION TEXT

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, ASK NATIONAL GRID AND TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL TO RETAIN AND REFURBISH THE TWO HISTORIC GASHOLDERS IN THE PROPOSED PARK.  REMOVE THEIR 'BELLS' AND MAKE THE SMALL NO. 2 GASHOLDER OF 1865-66 (INCLUDING ITS COLUMNAR GUIDE FRAME) INTO A PLAYGROUND FOR YOUNG CHILDREN; AND THE LARGE NO. 5 GASHOLDER OF 1888-89 (INCLUDING ITS LATTICE GUIDE FRAME) INTO A MULTIPITCH.  AND ADD BOTH TO THE LOCAL LIST.

 
  East End Waterway Group
PATRON JIM FITZPATRICK MP POPLAR AND LIMEHOUSE
Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with the 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.
2014 EAST END WATERWAY GROUP, Some rights reserved.


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