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Hundreds sign petition opposing Island Gardens development

PUBLISHED: 17:28 16 November 2012

An artist's impressions of the new development at Island Gardens

An artist's impressions of the new development at Island Gardens

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Almost 250 people have signed a petition in an attempt to block controversial plans for a new development on the Isle of Dogs.

Tower Hamlets council this week announced a consultation period for residents to have their say on the plans.

Many of those residents are furious at the proposals, which include a five-story block of flats, a redesign of the entrance to the Greenwich foot tunnel and the regeneration of Calder’s Wharf community centre.

At least 247 people have signed a petition which argues that the community centre could be built without developers profiting from the construction of more residential properties on the Island.

Parm Mahil, who has lived in nearby Douglas Path for more than six years, is among those heading opposition to the plans.

She said: “We just don’t want to compromise our surrounding beauty.

“We don’t object to the community centre being regenerated – that’s not the issue. The community centre can be regenerated without developers acquiring even more flats for private sale.”

Residents are also furious at the height of the block of flats above the community centre, insisting it will ruin their views of Greenwich across the river.

However, Eastend Homes, which is working on the project with Telford Homes, insists the plans represent a “unique opportunity” for the area’s residents.

Kathy McTasney, who volunteers at Calder’s Wharf community centre added: “This is a great opportunity for all local people; to provide a centre with more local services and the river view for everyone.”

The council’s consultation period on the plans runs until November 30.

The petition is available at: http://www.gopetition.co.uk/petitions/threat-to-island-gardens-conservation-area-and-greenwic.html

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