The controversial decision to knock down and rebuild housing in the area could be felt by past residents. Many thought they had ‘made a mistake by knocking down those six streets of terrace houses […] they had only been built at the turn of the century […] nothing wrong with it’ (Fred Bowyer).
The closing of the docks and many factories lead many locals to leave the area in hope to find new work. One resident also commented that some dockers ‘got their redundancy and that’s when a lot of people moved out of here […] You go out Romford and round there they are nearly all East London people that are living out there or down the line between here and Southend' (Gertie Duffy and Mary Davis).
One thing is for certain the dockland regeneration project brought an area which was once a gateway to the world to become one once more. London City Airport located in the Royal Docks area provides the new sound of industry, in the passing of planes flying overhead.