Bugsby saved: historic river name to stay

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THE PORT of London Authority has announced it will not be proceeding with plans to rename a stretch of the river.

It had planned to change the name Bugsby's Reach - the stretch down the eastern side of the Greenwich Peninsula - to Watermen's Reach, in honour of the 500th anniversary of an Act of Parliament regulating watermen, wherrymen and bargemen.

But following a public consultation, the PLA has announced it won't go ahead with the name change.

From 47 responses, 34 were against the new name. Only 10 were in favour of the change and 3 of the replies were neutral.

Some of the arguments against the change were best articulated by influential local Greenwich peninsula expert and historian Dr Mary Mills in her article here.

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