Wednesday 19 September 2012 10.40pm
18 months later, I dropped in on the SE1 Forum and noticed this question, and its an interesting one as well as being something of an ongoing saga.
(who were owners of 51 & 52 Bankside) along with the owner of 49 have been trying to wrest control of that part of Bankside in front of those addresses for some years, going back to 1988.
In simple terms, Bankside is a public highway across the front of 49, 51 & 52 Bankside although the owners of 49, 51 & 52 will dispute that. The owner of 49 tried to create a ransom strip across Bankside in (from memory) 1989 when they installed a swing barrier across the roadway and then claimed, in a fraudulent statutory declaration, that they had controlled that part of Bankside for some years.
The swing barrier was removed by Southwark Council
in (from memory) 2004 but no action has been taken to stop the residents of 49,51 & 52 from illegally blocking the public Highway.
By the same token, Cardinal Cap alley is a Public Highway which was illegally blocked by the installation of a gate across the entrance. At the same time, Skinmarket Place, which lies on the southern edge of the Globe's site and intersects with Cardinal Cap, has been illegally obstructed. The Globe Educational Trust agreed in 1982 to maintain Skinmarket Place and have reneged on that undertaking.
Imagine just how much that little piece of real-estate is worth. 10 car parking spaces adjacent to the Globe and the Tate. Nice work if you can get your hands on it for nothing.
Regards to all.