Cruise ships coming to Greenwich?

The cable passed from the works into the hulk lying in the Thames at Greenwich.

The cable passed from the works into the hulk lying in the Thames at Greenwich.

853 blog points out that last night BBC London News reported that a cruise terminal is planned for Greenwich:

Plans to build a cruise terminal in Greenwich have been around for years – in the 1990s there was a proposal to build one by Deptford Creek, while Convoys Wharf has also been mooted as a site. The Port of London Authority already owns a floating terminal which can be moved up and down the Thames; cruise liners on the river aren’t as rare a sight as BBC London News made out.

But plans for a terminal on at Enderby’s Wharf – where the STC/Alcatel cable works are – haven’t really made it above the surface, being reported in passing in this News Shopper story from last year about regeneration work. When I stood for election I heard a little bit by word of mouth about the proposals, but very little tangible evidence of these plans ever existed. Peninsula councillor Mary Mills says there has been some discussions involving local groups, but there’s very little in the public domain.

via Greenwich Council still messing about with our river « 853.

The BBC News story can be viewed here. They’re saying the new terminal is being readied for 2012 at Enderby ‘s wharf. Council leader Chris Roberts is interviewed extensively on the BBC piece, but the story seems to be pretty speculative. Dredging work is going to be needed, and the planning application isn’t in until next month.

There’s some nice stuff about Enderby’s wharf here, and 853 is probably correct in his scepticism about what this will do to river access. But to these ears this sounds like a bit of development vapourware, of the kind which has been spewing around Battersea power station for decades. Let’s see what happens when the planning application lands, shall we?

The rather nice picture is copyright National Maritime Museum and shows Enderby’s Wharf in its cable-laying heyday. Picture courtesy of Port Cities UK.

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