Carry On Cruising
Well, well. well.
A couple of days ago, Lee asked:
“We live on the Isle of Dogs across from the former Syral Plant. We have been watching them dismantle it with interest. Now there seems to be some sort of noisy construction going on next to the gravel/sand piles place. They seem to be putting corrugated metal sheets into the shore down to the river. Do you know what they are doing?
While I am asking questions, do you know what they are planning to build or do with the Syral Plant?”
I had no idea, and when I asked a local councillor, they had no idea either. Whatever it was was being kept very much under wraps. But I was watching the news just now, and who should pop up but The Leader, being interviewed about a new Cruise Liner Terminal that they want to build at Enderby Wharf – by 2012…
I guess it would count as industrial or wharf-y which is the required designation for the site, and at first pass, it seems like an interesting idea to me – as long as they do something lovely with Enderby House and restore the Thames Path. It will never be as peaceful again – but I guess we were never going to keep that Long Good Friday-ish, slightly creepy solitude forever.
My one worry is - by 2012?
That’s a BIG ask for anything that’s going to look good, and be built out of decent materials in a solid, non-destined-to-get-really-seedy-very-quickly way.
The story’s not on the BBC website yet, but I’ll post as soon as it is…