Weaver House, a reprieve

continued from part 3

The Pedley Street Worksite would have a big impact on the entire area, not just Weaver House. Weaver House is just the most sublimely ridiculous of a difficult situation, for planning a metropolitan wide change, triggered by global events (2012), and impacting local people.

Over 1000 people attended a January meeting protesting the major construction around Brick Lane. Apparently the actions were effective. Local Councilor Louise Alexander reported in May on a change..

announcement by the Mayor of London on 24th March that there would be no major intervention shaft to insert boring machines from the surface in Hanbury Street and consequently no tunnel to Pedley Street

though she is still highly suspicious that the issue is not settled yet, as Crossrail has not submitted anything formally to Tower Hamlet and that it all is slimed by politicking.

The Mayor of London’s Office confirmed that Crossrail tunnel plans scrapped for Brick Lane.


A bit more digging on Crossrail’s site found the non-obvious changes to the Hanbury Street Shaft

This revised strategy eliminates the need to:
• construct a shaft at the Pedley Street site;
• construct a temporary tunnel to link the Hanbury Street and Pedley Street shafts;

So no major Crossrail works. What’s going to happen to the rusting railways? Can Tower Hamlets plans for wild green spaces happen that much quicker?

And it’s still unclear what impact the East London Line Extension will have on this area.

Don’t get me wrong .. I’m not advocating for the rights of Weaver House above all else. What should be absolutely imperative is the information. To figure out what’s going on, without wading through confusing ambivalent and sometimes purposefully unclear sea of documents.

Even without these new massive construction works, Weaver House is a bizarre construction. Tomorrow, how did it get there

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