Thursday 23 June 2016 7.36pm
I wrote to the local councillors on the matter a few weeks ago this was the response:
As the relevant Southwark Council
lor responsible for Communities and Safety, your email of 5th June regarding the above has been forwarded to me for reply.
When concerns were first raised with the council about this matter, a decision was taken to increase Police and Warden patrols of the area. It is reported to me that as a result of this action, there has been a decline of skateboarding concerns however, there are still a few that are using the space for this activity.
On the 16th May 2016 the Council chaired a meeting with colleagues from the Wardens service, Police and Transport for London and actions have been set.
• TFL (it is happening on land which they are responsible for the upkeep of) are reviewing the seating and other furniture and making modifications to the furniture in general. This will include designing out the advantages of skate boarding on the furniture which it is hoped will further reduce or stop the attraction to the area.
• The local authority and Police will continue with increased patrols and where necessary educate those who are using the area for possible anti social activities. The Police are also arranging joint days of patrols in order that we can identify those persons involved and from these days, we will be seeking whether there is action that can be jointly taken to prohibit this and other behaviours.
• With the Michael Faraday statue, there was indeed graffiti tags marked on the statue and these have been cleaned by London Underground who manage the structure. Photo’s of the tags were taken and passed to Police in case they can be used in any further investigations.