Tower Hamlets council are consulting with the SkySports heliport in Millwall to open their gates and allow the Thames Path through. A decision could be imminent. This will open up about three and a half miles of almost uninterrupted path.
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Thames Path blockages to be removed
These are the issues for cyclists, hikers, and anyone using the path.
There are three blockages on the eastern side of the Isle of Dogs.
Store That is a storage company on Klein’s Wharf, owned by the same family for generations. The owner refuses to cooperate even when incentivised.
He doesn’t plan on developing the land while he is alive and well and has no children so no motivation to see the land as an asset. He refuses to cooperate.
It’s a shame because the yard is mostly empty, but he takes the view that the only way to be safe is to be surrounded by barbed wire. I haven’t been able to reassure him.
Kingsbridge Estate have a wall across the path and the residents have been consulted and appear to be happy to see it removed. That will allow the path to flow into the Odyssey Estate.
Not included in the map is a gate at Cyclops Wharf but we’re told this is temporary.
The heliport needs the river bank because the river is a flight path. No tall buildings to bump into. It serves Canary Wharf and has a landing several times a week.
The Thames Path in future
The council aren’t giving details other than to say that the consultation is at an advanced stage.
The current blockages mean that we have to go onto West Ferry Road and walk half a mile then wander through an estate to rejoin the path further down.
Apart from the small diversion around Store That, the opening of the heliport will mean that three and a half miles of almost continuous path will open up.
This will be transformational to the Isle of Dogs.
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