Tuesday 28 November 2000 4.03pm
You've opened a BIG can of worms there! The buildings were indeed going to be knocked down, but a rear-guard action by local people persuaded Southwark to grant them listed status, pending the creation of a conservation zone around the area. Mind you, this didn't stop South Bank Uni from knocking down the old Sunday School, sadly not listed but well within the proposed conservation zone. So: the current state of play is that SBU can't knock the old buildings down, but are seemingly reluctant to do anything to restore them. At a public meeting recently Simon Hughes
MP suggested some kind of preserved-facade redevelopment, which would make everyone happy, SBU has yet to respond, as far as I'm aware. Dog in the manger? We'll see.