At the planning meeting on March 21 2023,  Wandsworth Council reviewed two applications in relation to Putney Pier, a week before the Boat Race.

The first application was for:

Demolition of eastern dolphin (1) and erection of 74m long pier extension, installation of 6 tubular steel piles, one spacer pontoon and six marina style pontoons, provision of berths for light freight, passenger and visiting vessels; installation of solar panels on western dolphin of existing pier.

This was recommended for refusal because a lack of suitability and taking up space between the existing pontoon and the bank. The committee supported officers’ recommendation and refused the proposal.

The second application was for a new pier:

The provision of a new river pier to serve a river bus service including two dolphin piles, a fixed bridge, canting brow, bank seat with shelter above and pontoon alongside landside works including the integration of the fixed bridge to the Thames Tideway Structure.

The second proposal gained approval subject to conditions including approval from the Port of London.

During the discussion the importance of the Thames was discussed along with the positive impact of the Super  Sewer. The view that the Thames is an underutilised resource for transport, leisure and freight was expressed.

The committee acknowledged how busy the Thames will be on Sunday 26th March for the 168th Boat Race.

  1. A dolphin is a man made berthing or mooring structure that extends above water level and is not connected to the shore or any other structure like a quay wall or jetty.


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