Brentford Watermans Arts Centre in January 1984 and now. Correspondent Michael Finnis then argued that giving Brentford’s Watermans Arts Centre a £600,000 facelift would be pointless if eyesores were left around the riverside facility. In his opinion, the “ever increasing number of rotting hulks and derelict barges covered in rubbish which are illegally moored along the length of the waterfront would be a much greater deterrent to any potential investor in Brentford than a pre fabricated McDonalds restaurant across the road”.