PIER IMPROVEMENTS AND STATEMENT UPDATE
Setting the record straight on incorrect information about Cadagan Pier
In March, misleading and inaccurate information about Cadogan Pier was released into the public domain.
Many of the inaccuracies concerned the arrival of ‘new super boats’ at Cadogan Pier, including Flagship. This historic vessel is over 100 years old and was moored on Cadogan Pier as recently as the 1980s. She has sat between Chelsea Bridge and Albert Bridge for the past 20 years, and it is clearly wrong to describe her ‘new’ now she has returned to Cadogan Pier.
Cadogan Pier’s long-term goal is to improve the Pier. The Pier itself is over 175 years old and needs further investment to ensure it lasts for another 175 years. The improvements we would like to make would be in keeping with the design of Chelsea and would also bring many public benefits including – better facilities for riverbus users including a small covered, warm waiting area; a more frequent riverbus service; improved access for the disabled, young with pushchairs and elderly; creation of a small art space for established and young artists and further support of river based charities. These improvements would be made in consultation with local residents.
Our aim is also to bring on for a small number of new boats, sympathetically designed, which will offer owners the rare opportunity to live on an incredible space on the River Thames. We have stated our intention to work with local residents, societies and the council to create a set of design guidelines that will ensure any boats we bring to the market will be characterful, well maintained and sensitive to the area.
There have also been accusations that the current owners of Cadogan Pier were given special treatment by the Port of London Authority (PLA) when the lease was extended from 46 to 150 years. This is simply untrue. The current lease was priced exactly in line with the formulas the PLA uses consistently on the Thames.
If you want information about the pier at Cheyne Wharf (also known as Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company, or CYBC), please visit www.cheynewharf.com.