Following this summer's planning inquiry into the future of the barge-dwelling community at Downings Roads moorings, the inspector has returned his verdict, quashing the eviction notices and granting planning permission.
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Residents of riverside apartments have likened the moorings to a gypsy encampment
A group of residents living in China, Creeds, Tower, Springalls and Riverview Heights Wharf have complained of noise, smells and loss of privacy due to the presence of the barges, which they claim are moored illegally.
However, the supporters of those living on the boats point out that the moorings have existed since at least the first half of the 19th century accommodating permanently moored craft.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reiterated his belief that the barge moorings near Tower Bridge contribute to the diversity of the Thames. Simon Hughes has also supported the barge-dwellers, provoking the fury of objectors who accused the MP of failing to stand up for law and order.
Earlier this year Southwark Council refused planning permission for the barges.