The planning application for Wapping Lido submitted by the Turks Head Company and Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre was approved by the Development Committee this evening with one vote against.
Two Wapping residents, Mads Nybo Jorgensen and Sylvia White, both of whom live next to the Basin, spoke against the application and did a very good job indeed. Well done both.
One of the key points made by Sylvia was her concerns about the numbers of visitors to the Wapping Lido – up to 546,000 people a year, more than the Churchill War Rooms apparently.
“Even at 40% less than that we are talking about visitor numbers on a par with HMS Belfast. The potential impact should not be so lightly dismissed,” she said.
But dismissed they were.
Concerns voiced over the inadequacies of the ‘consultation’ process carried out by the Turks Head Company were also dismissed.
Many thanks to Cllr. Chris Chapman (Conservative, Blackwall & Cubitt Town) who was not won over by the applicants belief that the type of people who would want to come and swim in the lido would be ‘greener’ type people and so would use public transport.
Thanks also to Stephen O’Shea of the Liberal Democrats who has engaged with numerous residents over this issue.
And of course thanks the Wapping residents who made it all the way to the Town Hall on a very wet August evening to oppose the application and see how the Council works.
The application before the Wapping Lido was about the Joiners Arms development and it was very impressive to see the level of detail and interest shown by the Committee members to various aspects of that development. The Joiners Arms development was turned down.
The approval of the Wapping Lido application was never in doubt. What was important that residents made their views against the application known and made the effort to attend the Development Committee meeting.