Sunday 25 March 2012 8.52am
Hi Aly, the building is an old shelter and is in some desparate need of some TLC. I know that my neighbours spoke to Southwark Council
about this last year to find out why nothing was being done to improve its appearance or give it a new lease of life. I seem to recall that the responibility for the building is falling between the cracks within the council, the park's team don't think it is their responsiblity and the development / planning guys don't seem to being taking any action either. We all hoped that when the landscaping of the park behind the tennis courts took place last year that something would happen, but not to be!
Clearly it could make a great cafe for Tanner St Park and, whilst it is somewhat tucked away, it would thrive once the word got out. I am sure the parents looking after their kids in the playground would love to get a coffee and it would boom in the summer time! The only way this is going to move is for someone to present a plan to the council.
The water fountain that you refer to is in fact the spire of St Olave's church which used to stand close to the river near London Bridge. From what I have read, the permission to demolish the church was granted on the basis that the developer had to create Tanner St Park. The spire was relocated to the park (and again could use some TLC!) I will look forward to the "St. Olave's Spire Cafe" opening one day....