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DECEMBER 2014
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DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER 1

Welcome to the first of this month's two EEWG newsletters. 

LEGACY ISSUES
 
We started the year congratulating the London Legacy Development Corporation on its proposals to extend the existing Fish Island and Hackney Wick Conservation Areas. Both extended conservation areas were designated by the LLDC Board in April, but they face an uncertain future as current planning applications involve the demolition of heritage assets in the conservation areas, which are of regional and possibly national importance. 
You know from the August and September newsletters about Swan Wharf in the Fish Island and White Post Lane Conservation Area: the good news is that over 1000 people have so far 'signed' the online petition and English Heritage has strongly advised against the application.

The Swan Wharf application was to have been determined by the LLDC planning committee in October, but was postponed to November and is now said to be going to the committee in the New Year.
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I have written a long 'Open Letter' about Swan Wharf and this will be published in full in the second of the December 2014 newsletters.

In the meantime, the Hackney Wick Conservation Area is threatened by an application for demolition of three heritage assets on the south side of Wallis Road, in the heart of the conservation area. I have written the attached letter of objection on behalf of EEWG. As it will only count as one objection, please send your own objection and encourage others to do so before the end of the year. The consultation period ended in early December, but objections will still be received as the application will not go to the committee until the New Year.
All you have to do is put your full postal address on the letter and make the few changes necessary so that the email letter is from you.

GASHOLDER CAMPAIGN
 
Thanks to EEWG members, the East End Preservation SocietySpitalfields Life and others, 1298 people have 'signed' the online petition to save two historic gasholders at the Bethnal Green holder station on the Regent's Canal.
However, the actual saving is down to English Heritage and we all hope that it will decide not to grant the Certificate of Immunity and will, instead, add the two gasholders to the National List, in which case National Grid plc will probably apply to Tower Hamlets Council for listed building and conservation area consent to demolish. This is when your signing of the petition for re-use in the proposed park will be of great help as National Grid plc will not be able to claim that there is no use for the listed structures. 

Historic gasholder at Poplar seen from the east or Newham bank of the River Lea
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The No. 1 gasholder at Poplar, on the River Lea, is far less well known than the two at Bethnal Green and only 346 people have so far 'signed' the online petition. If  you haven't done so please re-consider and add your name as soon as possible.  Also encourage others to sign for Poplar, which is unique and the earliest surviving lattice-girder gasholder in England and possibly the world. And as explained in the attached note, it is not only nationally important but also of considerable local interest.
All three historic gasholders in Tower Hamlets are threatened.  Although National Grid plc has not yet applied for a Certificate of Immunity, the number one gasholder at Poplar is most definitely under threat. National Grid plc and Berkeley Group have joined forced to develop a significant number of gas sites in London for housing; and we now know for sure that one of these sites is the large former gasworks at Poplar.  We must save Poplar at the same time as Bethnal Green. So please can we have more signatures for Poplar before it is too late.  

Tower Hamlets Council has refused my request to present the petitions to a full council meeting on the grounds that there is "a potential application for planning permission or conservation area consent in connection with the site". Clearly, this refers only to Bethnal Green so I have written to ask if we can present the Poplar petition. Regardless of the outcome we have to present all three petitions to National Grid plc early in the New Year, with copies to Berkeley Group and the joint venture company St William Homes.

So, please 'FLY A FLAG FOR POPLAR'. 
 
Poplar No. 1 gasholder: part of the lattice-girder guideframe and the bell's upper lift
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