Plans to close a stretch of the Thames Path near the Cutty Sark have been submitted.
This site covered consultation on plans in August 2021. Essential wall repairs mean a stretch from Cutty Sark Gardens to Horseferry Place will shut.
Work is expected to take 22 weeks and begin on 26th April 2022, which will close the 200 metre stretch.
Pedestrians will be diverted – though the local area is not kind to disabled pedestrians and those pushing buggies:
Once again mobility impaired people must be obstructed on the off chance a motorbike comes along. Madness.
We see this again and again in other parts of the borough:
A map included with the application shows a path through the adjacent estate where barriers were installed:
Now it’s been a couple of months since yours truly walked that way so there’s the off-chance Greenwich Housing Department (being an estate it’s probably them and not Highways) have realised it’s ridiculous and removed them – especially now its a designated diversion. If they have leave a comment.
River wall damage
The application states: “The proposal is part of the Thames Estuary Asset Management Programme 2100 (TEAM2100), the Environment Agency’s 10-year programme to refurbish and replace tidal defences in London and throughout the Thames Estuary.
The Deptford Walls project comprises refurbishment work to four assets that form part of the continuous flood defence frontage along the south bank of the River Thames, to the West of the Cutty Sark Gardens.
The scope of proposed works involves heritage-sensitive brickwork repairs to four masonry wall assets in the Deptford area of the Thames frontage; the installation of new timber fenders, grab chains, access steps to the foreshore and interpretation boards on the Thames Path.”
Temporary measures currently in place include the use of sand bags.
Other issues include “where a tree has grown within the wall, it has displaced a number of coping stones and a section of concrete revetment above.
The tree has been cut back and treated but it has left the old roots and a number of voids behind. Indications of new growth are also present.
To address this issue, it is proposed to remove all roots and new growth and reconstruct the revetment in this section.”
The project does not only comprise repairs but also two new information boards are to be installed.
The Heritage Statement includes this section:
“Two interpretation boards are proposed to be installed on the landward side of the flood defence assets within the public footpath.
One board will be positioned at the eastern end near to Asset 14140 and one board will be positioned at the western end near to Asset
The boards are proposed to be A1 size and have a “lectern” design. The boards will be fixed in place using concrete.”
History of site
One relatively unknown historic fact was the existence of a steam ferry which formerly operated from the area:
It closed in 1899 when the foot tunnel and Blackwall Tunnel were underway.
Here’s the slipway in relation to new-build blocks: