Wednesday 22 May 2002 12.33pm
OK here goes. Bankside is supposed to be a great tourist attraction but this is what tourist's see :
Start on London Bridge, walking down Nancy's steps towards the Mudlark pub. The steps stink. They are obviously used as the local toilet but are never washed.
Carry on past the new section of Southwark cathedral and you feel you are walking through a car-park. There used to be a lovely area between the road & the river but now it's just parked cars & broken paving.
Walk past the rubbish and head towards Clink Street
. If you are lucky you'll get to walk on the pavement if this hasn't got more parked cars, vans or lorries. If the sun is shining the pavement is taken over by tables from the Porridge cafe. So generally you have to walk on the cobbled road. Who's idea was this? Anyone with a buggy, in a wheelchair, ladies in heels or anyone not wearing steel capped boots will have problems walking on these dirty, uneven cobbles.
After the Clink Prison the everyone no doubt, enjoys the dingy tunnel by Vinapolis. Finally, just a few more steps of uneven cobbles across to the Anchor & finally a decent walkway for cyclists & pedestrians & at last the Bankside to be proud of.