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Tower Bridge barges: inquiry adjourned

The inquiry into the eviction notice served on residents of the Downings Road moorings in Bermondsey has been adjourned until 5 July.

Barges
The barge community pictured in July 2003


Residents of the barges moored near St Saviour's Dock were appealing against Southwark Council's decision at a public inquiry held at Bankside House in Sumner Street.

Residents of nearby riverside apartments say that the 30 barges are moored illegally and have complained about noise and loss of amenity.

An adjournment was granted to let the council decide on a planning submission which would legitimise the moorings, due to be heard by the planning committee on 5 April. However, planning officers have advised councillors to reject the application.

Barges
The barge community pictured in July 2003

"[The] decision of the inspector to adjourn the enforcement appeal until after Southwark Council planning committee can deal with the issue is the right decision and welcome" says local MP Simon Hughes.

He added: "Today has shown that breadth of support for moorings on the river and widespread agreement about the sensible way forward. I will continue to play an active part in getting a satisfactory outcome on this important issue to ensure a vibrant future for the Thames."

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