ePetition details

Save the 'Whale' Roadway Section and Buffer Pontoon

We the undersigned petition the council to ....buy the Grade 2 listed structure from the registered owner, hopefully for a nominal fee, and restore the it to Mayflower Park as a permanent memorial to those who left the port during Operation Overlord. The aim is to obtain 1,500 signatures over the next 6 months so that the proposal may be debated by the full council. A contributor to the June 2019 Engineer magazine stated, 'You should see the disrespect Southampton City Council display to one of the remaining sections (of the Mulberry Harbour) now partially sunk alongside Mayflower Park' and hopefully with the help of this ePetition the present unfortunate situation may be resolved.

The 'Whale' roadway section and buffer pontoon of the Second World War Mulberry Harbour is protected under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest. However it is presently rusting away partly submerged next to the derelict Royal Pier and there is a possibility it will disappear altogether over the next winter. According to Historic England it is a 'tangible reminder of the part played by the Mulberry Harbour in the success of Operation Overlord' and a 'reminder of the prominent role of the City of Southampton in the preparation and launching of Overlord'. However because of the secrecy surrounding D-Day the role of Southampton as the 'springboard' for Operation Overlord is not generally recognised and this ePetition will help to put the historical record straight. Another aim of this project is to regenerate the waterfront after the master plan was scrapped by providing a tourist amenity and new visitor centre with a tourist bus route around the port to include the sites where Patton's Third Army embarked for Normandy and Winston Churchill inspected British assault troops before D-Day. The route could be extended to the SeaCity Museum because it is partly located in the Civic Centre where the US Army headquarters was situated during D-Day). Although Operation Overlord was the greatest period in Southampton's history currently there is no significant memorial to celebrate this achievement.

This ePetition runs from 28/09/2020 to 01/03/2021.

266 people have signed this ePetition.