Monday 8 September 2014 5.45pm
1. Likely to be a private forecourt managed by of the owners of The Shard
(that doesn't mean owned by them, but that may well be so). It does have a 24 hour right of way through to Tooley Street
. This sor of arrangemnt is not unusual and no dobt without it the place would be awash with rough sleepers, illegal vendors and beggars.
2. Because they got planning permission for it. Some do not like it. I think the whole development is dreadfully boring in terms of aethetics, and designed to be inoffensive to the point it is offensive by its sheer inoffensivemness. I particularly loathe the reappearance of the 80's style, fake warehouse, dockland's vernacular bit with the balconies. However, anything would be an improvement on the originally proposed collection of stainless steel sex toys.
3.Sadly, most councillors are not on the way to better things. If they were then we might get politicians at a national level who are more than serially over promoted interns, who have zero experience of the real world and dealing with real people.