Update on King Edward Memorial Park

kemp playLast week I met the team from Tideway to get an update on the supersewer works at our local park, King Edward Memorial Park.

Main points to come out of the conversation:-

- the community liaison group is now up and running and around 25 people attended the last meeting. That meeting included a presentation on the new playground. I paste all the links below.

KEMP CLWG 31 Jan 2017 minutes – FINAL

KEMPF Presentation Jan 2017

play pages jan 31st_2

- Something like £3m in s106 contributions will be released to the council once a masterplan for the park has been agreed upon and there will be around £150k released for the benefit of other open spaces in Wapping. There will be a new slipway at Shadwell Basin. 

- There will be an additional meeting about works to the foreshore in March. This will likely include putting together a plan for a permanent art installation.

- A coffer dam will soon be built to allow around two barges a day to take out material from the tunnelling works out along the river, taking traffic off the roads.

- A recent jam on the road was caused by UK Power Networks traffic rather than Tideway vehicles. They are not subject to the same rules on access so are harder to control but their site works will soon be complete so Tideway don’t expect further problems in this regard.

- 26 trees are being removed from the park for the works but there are 58 in the masterplan as a result of the promise by Tideway to plant two trees for each one that is removed.

- This week they are to close the existing playground and they expect to have in place a new one around May.

- The diversion of the Thames Path will soon be beginning. The bandstand will also be removed shortly.

- They are in discussions to put artwork on the hoardings.

- Olympic rower, Andy Triggs Hodge, who now works for Tideway, may be doing an activity day for local people at Shadwell Sailing Centre.

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