Newham MP Stephen Timms joined our clean-up on the Silvertown foreshore last week and expressed his warm support for our proposed new London River Centre at Gallions Reach.
Our vision is for a multi-purpose site and community hub to directly engage local residents, Londoners and visitors with the Thames and other rivers that enhance east London.
There is no public site dedicated to the Thames as a whole, or its tributaries. The new River Centre would correct that, and celebrate the relationship between Londoners and the Thames.
It would provide a base for education and community outreach around rivers. It would also showcase ‘living flooding defences’ (Rainscapes) where plants take up and filter excess water, and provide a base for river recreation such as paddleboarding and canoeing.
With the Mayor’s announcement that the DLR is to be extended across the river from Gallions Reach to Thamesmead, its proposed position next to the new crossing, would be a perfect location for an active, practical centre serving both a growing local community and visitors.