Downings Roads Moorings - saved!

Our future is secured (for now)

The Public Inquiry Inspector has returned a verdit, quashing the eviction notices and granting planning permission. This is a huge success and we thank everyone who has offered their support during our campaign. We will post full details shortly.

Read our PI report of Week 1 | Week 2

"Few such settlements could boast all-party political endorsements..." The Guardian, 27/05/04

"I have made it clear that moorings are acceptable in principle at Downings Roads. I am still hopeful that the applicants can work constructively with the council to work out a scheme wich overcomes the councils concerns and achieves a vibrant community", Ken Livingstone.

On Monday July 5th the case officer from the UK Planning Inspectorate will reopen our Public Inquiry hearing. He will finally decide whether the original eviction notices were valid.

He will also rule whether Southwark council were correct to turn down our recent application for planning permission. He has total power to allow all, some or none of our boats to remain at Downings Roads.

The Inspector will consider evidence from members of our community, from Southwark council, from the Port of London Authority, from national and local organisations and from local individuals, both supporters and objectors.

He will make a detailed inspection of the site and will view the Moorings from local flats and the riverside. After the Inquiry the Inspector will take 8-10 weeks to reach a decision. Public attendance at the Inquiry is possible and any show of support will help us.

If you have a few spare hours, please show your support.

The address is
The LSE Building, Bankside House, Sumner Street, SE1
(just behind the Tate Modern: click for map)

The inquiry runs frp, 5-16 July. The hearing commences at 10am each day and finishes at 4pm unless otherwise stated.

The first day and the special evening session would be the best time for public supporters to attend. We will try and update the website during and after the enquiry. Please keep looking and supporting. Thanks

  • Monday 5th July (11am start)
  • Tuesday 6th July
  • Wednesday 7th July
  • Thursday 8th July (1pm finish)
  • Wednesday 14th July
  • Thursday 15th July (morning and evening session)
  • Friday 16th July

The evening session on Thursday 15th July will start at 6pm and is specially included to make it easier for interested parties to attend.

Please help us save these historic river moorings for future generations and resist the creeping sanitisation of our great river

Use the menu on the left to find out more about the moorings, how they are under threat and how you can help us save them.