A small, well-located wharf near the centre of Camden Town could provide a suitable goods depot served by water transport on the Regents Canal. It needs protection from redevelopment (especially residential use) that could restrict its active commercial use. With the current attention on the promotion of water freight and the prevailing guidelines for modal shift to sustainable transport, it is important that the potential of wharf sites is recognised. Through their LDFs, protection for the sites can then given by local authorities by identifying the sites for future active water-related use.
The wharf is more or less an ideal small freight unloading and distribution site for this busy inner city location. It is in a good position to provide a number of delivery and transport opportunities in the local area which can be served by small delivery vans, including electric vehicles. It also has close connections to major through routes (A5202, A400, A502, A503) serving key locations in north London for collection or delivery.
From the central location on the Regents Canal, there are useful canal routes in both directions to West London and Park Royal, to the Lee Valley, to City Road and to Central London in Docklands.
Bangor Wharf was typical of the most of canal wharves which were large open spaces alongside the waterway for unloading goods rather than warehouse buildings. The original historic brick wharfside wall with ragstone capping remains more or less intact and should be carefully restored and brought back into everyday use rather than replaced by unsightly steel piling (see Lathams Wharf nearby). The Georgiana Street entrance opens onto a wide and relatively quiet side street A calm deserted canal waiting to be brought back into active use.
See 1914 Map. Red line denoting boundary of the Regents Canal Conservation Area
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