Thames £60m floating garden threatens navigational safety

The PLA warns that the London River Park could hamper river safety

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has said that a proposed set of eight linked garden pontoons could threaten navigational safety.

The four-acre London River Park would stretch for half a mile from the Tower of London to the Millennium Bridge.

The PLA said, “The developer’s own risk assessment identifies the risk of the river park being hit by barges.”

The City of London Corporation was due to consider the plans, backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, this week but this has now been delayed by a month.

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Fears that the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant would be forced to limit numbers due to the floating garden have been allayed by the suggestion that it won’t be built before the event.

Sri Ganesh Nadarajah, chairman of Venus Group, the project’s foreign backers, said that permission must granted this month if the £60m eight linked pavilions and pontoons are to be ready in time.

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