||15 December 2016
|| James Weeden
The 1st Mortlake Sea Scouts (est. 1909, in the early days of the Scouting movement)
kept their boats moored on the Thames. I have a press photo of the 1st Mortlake vessel/tug "Minotaur lll", at deepwater (PLA)
moorings in the Thames - Surrey side, taken from Ship Lane. I believe the Scouts, based at the Scout Hall in Alder Road, used
the slip/hard at the end of Ship Lane to launch the smaller boats in which Sea Scouts and Guides learnt to sail/row. The Scouting
Movement, incl Girl Guides, made a significant contribution to life in Mortlake during the 20's 30's and 40's and were well
supported by the Brewery and its employees.(photos avaiable) I believe that there are many families in Mortlake (including mine)
who took part in Scouting Acivities. The 1st Mortlake Sea Scouts premises were rebulit in 1954, mainly with the help of the Watney Family.
See also plaque on the Scout HQ building in Alder Road and the memorial plaque in St Mary's Church, commemorating a terrible accident
in August 1950. The Scout premises were rebuilt largely due to the generosity of the Watney family. I would like to think that the Scout
moorings and the slip could somhow be acknowledged in the redevelopment.
||7 July 2016
|| Andrew Howard-Smith
Summary of Thames Bank Area Residents Concerns and Suggestions (8/2/2016) The residents of Aynescombe Path, Thames Bank, Parliament Mews and Varsity Row are referred to as Thames Bank Area.
There follows a summary of the concerns and wishes of the various individuals based on meetings,
local knowledge and the Consultation Document of 2011 and documented in emails sent to
Andrew Howard-Smith who as a resident of Thames Bank is acting as our representative for the proposed Mortlake Brewery development.
We accept that it is early days in the brewery site's development but the group wants to make its feelings known to the Mortlake Brewery Community Group (MBCG) so that they can convey our group's specific views and concerns to the Developers and Town Planners.
In summary; our residents have concerns about effect on character of our area, building height behind Thames Bank, being overlooked, Secondary school and general disruption of demolition and building works. This is explained in more detail below.
Character of Thames Bank Area:-We should try to preserve the character and heritage of Thames Bank area with its many old and listed buildings. Promoting Thames Bank as a 'unique/special' area - we can include things like architecture, history, beauty, wildlife, sporting location. (Parliament Mews won an award when it was originally developed).
To protect the ambience of the Thames Bank enclave, the biggest challenge will be to prevent existing properties being seriously overlooked. A buffer zone should be created on the land immediately
abutting our existing properties, probably through the building of elegant, low rise dwellings in keeping with the existing homes. Limit the height of any development on the western end
of the site consistent with the 2011 Development Brief. Make Ship Lane the divide between the low and higher rise accommodation.
Development Disruption:-Minimise the disruption from Demolition and Building works. This would include hours of working, dust and noise pollution. Parking for workers and lorry traffic would need to be planned.
Road Traffic:-Minimise the disruption to traffic flows on the Lower Mortlake Road. This is a difficult one as it can be over played. For example the development in Williams Lane of 73 dwellings has not generated any significant increase in traffic flow. Whereas an extra 500 car drivers will not help the situation,
traffic is like water the easier the flow, the more traffic will be attracted to the area. The basic problem is that there is nowhere for the traffic to go. Solving one bottleneck only moves the problem somewhere else. There is no ready solution
to traffic the jams at Chalkers Corner or the Rail Crossings as we are bounded by the South Circular and Chertsey Roads.
Parking:-This breaks down into parking during demolition and building works, parking of residents and their visitors. If you take the example of Williams lane, the new development and the existing ex brewery flats generate an enormous number of parked cars which makes it impossible for through lorry traffic.
Public Transport:-Assuming a 1000 new residents and their visitors, will not all use their cars, the development will generate increased rail and bus passengers. As this has to be accommodated using existing facilities, the train and bus operators need to be involved in the development's planning process.