2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the ‘Mayflower’ from England to America. The ship was captained and crewed by residents of Bermondsey and sailed from Rotherhithe to Plymouth before travelling on its famous journey to the new world.
This iconic part of our history is already reflected in Rotherhithe in many ways but to mark the 2020 milestone and to add to river transport opportunities, I am working with Transport for London and Thames Clipper to construct a new pier close to the original location where the ‘Mayflower’ was docked.
The plans to construct the pier are still in the early stages but following a feasibility study conducted by TfL, we believe there are two possible Rotherhithe locations. Having put this proposal to the Mayor of London, and liaised with the Port of London Authority, the in principle plans have been received very well and were then included in the last Autumn Statement.
A new public pier in Rotherhithe will make commuting easier for local residents and reinforce existing connections to the centre of London. A pier is also likely to bring tourism to the area and encourage different types of investment including the regeneration of Albion Street and the development of a Scandinavian and Baltic Quarter.
I recently held a community meeting on the pier to listen to the views of local business owners and residents. The next step is to talk to Southwark Council but I would be very interested to know your views first.
If you want to know more about this project and details about where the pier might be located, please contact my office and one of my team will be very happy to discuss this with you.