Wednesday 21 December 2011 4.37pm
It obviously convinced at least 5 of the committee and that was all they needed!
I know that some people will be pretty sore today particularly the throats of those that did themselves no favours last night by screaming and shouting at the decision.
The passenger flows are actually the most persuasive of all the arguments (not bomb protection et al)and actually we should be asking of Southwark what they intend to do to ensure that Network Rail design and pay for improvements to Tooley Street
from Bermondsey Street
to London Bridge to make sure that all these passengers are properly catered for when they move beyond the space created by the loss of the SER offices and that the life of Tooley Street
including all the attractions and retail can continue to function in a better not a more conjested environment.
The new entrances are desperately needed and the limitations of the much vaunted Shard concourse are already becoming apparent without the additional strain of the olympics or the passenger growth that Thameslink will bring when additional trains are arriving every three minutes in both directions.
Good generals choose their battles carefully and the SER offices was the wrong one!
Its loss however always did provide some significant justification for recompence for the community to get broader environmental improvements and whilst no one seemed to want to switch tack to fighting for that prior to the planning decision, maybe it can be focussed on now that the battle for the building is lost. (please don't tell me BVAG and co are going to carry on fighting!?!).