Battle to save London’s oldest canal at Limehouse goes public

Plans to turn the Limehouse Cut into a conservation area are now under public consultation in the latest battle to preserve London’s oldest canal.

It follows Tower Hamlets council’s defeat in the High Court earlier this year to stop the former Poplar labour exchange on the canal-side being pulled down and an 11-storey block of luxury flats being developed.

The conservation area would allow the council to stop future changes that might affect the environment along the waterway which was first opened in 1770.

A public meeting is being held at the Town Hall in Mulberry Place, Clove Crescent, Blackwall, at 7pm on May 25. The draft ‘Limehouse Cut Plan’ is on view at libraries and online at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk. Written comments can be sent to the council or emailed to conservation@towerhamlets.gov.uk by May 29.

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