The great East Greenwich no.1 Gas Holder is in acute danger of imminent demolition. This would be a major loss to British industrial history and to the identity of the Thames as it passes beyond Greenwich.
The holder has no statutory protection now and the owner, gas distribution company SGN, intends early demolition.
Last month, Greenwich Council planning officers approved plans to demolish the 130-year-old gasholder, which sits close to the entrance of the Blackwall Tunnel.
Now the Greenwich Industrial History Society is calling on Greenwich Council to talk to owner SGN about how to reuse the landmark structure rather than dismantling it. The society says the planners have ignored a brief which says developers should “build on the heritage value of the gasholder”.
The petition, devised by three members of Greenwich Industrial History Society, already has over 800 signatures including from the USA, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. The aim is to reach 1000.
The petition will go to Historic England as well as the council and SGN, so the whole history since the first listing effort in the 1990s could be opened up and a live, useful future for the holder begun.
For more information, click here to go to Greenwich Industrial History blog.
To sign the petition click here.