We’ll be in Silvertown itself on Saturday 20 September, meeting people at the Newham Waterfront Festival, which begins at 2pm at the Royal Victoria Dock.
There’ll be fun for all the family, with free, themed children’s activities including an interactive bubble show, storytelling and a mermaid dancing show. There’ll be live music from 70s band The Real Thing, and walking tours of the Royal Docks with historian Kathy Chater, before the day ends with a fireworks display at 7.45pm.
You’ll also be able to meet us and talk about the threat to the Royal Docks posed by the Silvertown Tunnel, which would emerge just a few hundred yards from the festival site. We’ll be on land that’s been kindly given to us for the day by the directors of Britannia Village, the housing development that faces onto the dock.
Much has been said about the threat the Silvertown Tunnel poses to communities south of the river, but increased traffic flows generated by the tunnel would also blight areas through Wapping, Limehouse, Poplar, Silvertown and Canning Town.
Britannia Village residents are among those under threat from TfL’s plans for the tunnel, which have been endorsed by Newham Council and its elected mayor Sir Robin Wales. We’re grateful to the BV management for allowing us to join them for the afternoon.
If you’re coming from north of the river, take the DLR to Royal Victoria or buses 147 or 241. If you’re coming from south of the Thames, we’ll be right underneath the cable car – Greenwich and Newham residents can get half-price return tickets.