Lot's Ait is often grouped with the adjacent Brentford Ait. It was formerly used for the growing of grass and osiers: basket willows, used for basketry, furniture, and cart-making, as well as cattle fodder. It was once known as Barbel Island, as this was a particularly fruitful area for fishing. It contained a yard where barges were repaired until 1980, when it was sold. It acquired a wild character with naturalised willows, rotting boats and rusting dock roofs and became a haven for wildlife. In 2002, the island was offered for sale with outline planning permission for a restaurant, a leisure facility and boat storage. It is only accessible by boat, except at low tide when it is possible to walk across from the Brentford shore, and is accessible by water from the nearby slipway streets of Goats Wharf and Smith Hill off Brentford High Street.
In 2011, a lease on the island was acquired by a local company, John's Boat Works, which plans to restore the boatyard and put it back into use. In January 2012 a new footbridge was installed to link the island to the Brentford bank of the Thames at Smith Hill. The bridge was designed by Beckett Rankine and built and installed by MSO Marine.
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