Don’t Demolish! Residents loose petition to save a local landmark.

Local residents have lost a petition to save an historic crane from demolition. 

Residents of Rotherhithe have lost a petition signed by 360 people to save the Scotch Derrick crane from being demolished. Hollybrook homes proposed plans to build a block of flats on the site of the historic crane, which was agreed by the council. 

Southwark council backed the application after the crane was not seen as safe with the Mayor of Southwark Cllr Kath Whittam saying: “A balance has to be struck, we do not live in a museum and I would rather have new flats which people desperately need, than a derelict, not very old, Scotch Derrick that I could go over to the Isle of Dogs to see numerous, bigger, better preserved examples of.”

The crane, which was protected by a covenant by greater London authority lost this status in 2014, is a highlight of the walk on the Thames path. Local resident Mark Reynolds said: “It is a massive loss of history for the community.”

Hollybrook homes gave this statement about their plans “We explored ways in which to include the Scotch Derrick crane in the regeneration of the area, but unfortunately over many years the condition of the crane has deteriorated so it is not viable.”