For those still interested (you all should be) there’s been a breakthrough in the campaign to save Southbank. On February 5th the Southbank Centre announced that they are halting arrangements for the redevelopment of the Undercroft. Though the planned removal of the skate spot has prompted countless petitions and protests, this decision was reached following a statement from the Mayor of London. In a city planning meeting Boris Johnson decidedly stated that:
The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London . . . This much-loved community space has been used by thousands of young people over the years . . . It attracts tourists from across the world and undoubtedly adds to the vibrancy of the area – it helps to make London the great city it is.
And so, it appears that the Southbank Centre has begun to look for alternative ways to finance the proposed Festival Wing. With any luck they will find one that does not involve destroying a cultural landmark. Yet although this is great news, it is not a definite victory. As stated by LLSB, “we haven’t ‘won’ until the space’s future is legally guaranteed”. So please, if you haven’t already, follow LLSB on Facebook or visit their website to pledge your support.