The Dry Dock has been deliberately made commercially unviable.
There has never been any valid reason or need to modify the dry dock. Repairing the Grade II listed dry dock “like-for-like” would have been cost effective and quick. It would have also been acceptable from an operational and heritage point of view.
So at first glance it is difficult to see why any commercial landlord would spend money on anything which was unnecessary, unsafe or unlawful.
The canal and river trust are not ‘any commercial landlord’ they are one of the biggest property developers in the UK. They have a complete monopoly on the canal system and its vast property portfolio.
The location of Taylor’s Boatyard makes it a very valuable development site. Much of the area surrounding the boatyard has already been built on with the canal and river trust’s multi-million pound developments.
When the Tower Wharf Scheme was first proposed by the canal and river trust, then called British Waterways, they planned for half of the historic boatyard site to be offices and the remaining part family houses. The loss of the boatyard was unacceptable to many and a campaign began to save it.
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