for 3 years i have been fighting anchor brewhouse owners and southwark council ,to keep acceess to the foreshore open 24hrs aday as it has been for the last 400years,the owners of the anchor brewhouse erected these gates without planning permission and then over the last previous year ,shut the gate and left them shut all weekend,when you asked them to open the gates your met with abuse ,the access was listed on the road list at southwark council and the sign that was erected by the council, both the sign and the listing have now been removed by southwark,who have taken the side of the owners of the building ,who they state should be able to lock these gates ,denying the the public access , except iif we ask their permission ,to gain access to our river.if anybody out there can help to prove this is apublic right of way and fight this disgusting trampling over rights .please contact peter finch at [email protected] we dont find some help from someone soon this beautiful part of london,will only be accessable with the permission of these people who have shown clearly over the last three years that they dont want us the people of london walking under their building to access the river
The ramblers association may have expertise in this area.
Alternatively, I have also found Cllr Anood to be really proactive. She helped me to get some lights fixed in front of Browns after I witnessed a mugging. A complicated mix of Port of London, Council, Developer ownership meant know one wanted to do anything.
These access points are important for safety. Remember the problems of river access at the time of the Marchioness disaster. In distant past have launched my kayak from those steps by the Brewhouse. Important to keep access open. Happy to support any action.
I am going to try get a definitive response from Ramblers Association/ Southwark Council/ River Thames Society/ Port Of London Authority.
Is there anyone else I should contact?
I will also request freedom of information from Southwark regarding any requests for locking gate.
i live tooley and used to keep my kayak at my flat , so i use horsely stairs everyday,i dont know if you live locally , but last year the gates were locked, sometimes all weekend, make no mistake the people in these flats do not want 24hr access to the river and southwark council are backing them all the way,protest and petitions may be the only way forward ,to keep the access open, as it has been for over 400 years ,please also let me remind all those that have given up this fight ,THE GATES HAVE NO PLANNING PERMISSION.