Sunday 23 October 2005 6.31pm
There have been several threads on the forum regarding the impact of Thameslink 2000 on the Borough area, but little in the way of accurate information, and some local residents and traders remain relatively unaware of the implications of the proosals for the market area and the northern end of Borough High Street
. There is now an 'official' website at http://www.sabmac.co.uk
and here's a summary of the current state of play:
Network Rail propose building a new concrete and steel rail viaduct through the historic Borough High Street
Conservation Area - requiring demolition and part demolition of: -
• Twenty-listed buildings including 16-26 Borough High Street
• Green Dragon Court
and part of the market roof structures
• the top portion of the Wheatsheaf pub and part of Bedale Street
opposite the Globe
Despite a lack of resources and no funding, two local community groups - the Cathedral Area Residents Association (CARA) and the Bankside Residents Forum (BRF) have consistently provided the main opposition to the scheme at the Inquiry - a semi judicial process.
A petition signed by over 10,000 people was also presented to the Inquiry by Mark Rylance of Shakespeare's Globe
Following the Inquiry in 2002 the Inspector produced a report endorsing the BR/Railtrack scheme stating that the damage to the Borough Market
area would be in the public interest weighed against the improvement in public transport Thameslink 2000 would bring. The Inspector identified three areas of deficiency that needed further work including the type of replacement buildings at Borough Market
A new Public Inquiry opened on the 6th September 2005, at Bankside House
and concludes on the 4th November 2005 when closing submissions will be made.
This is the last chance to put a stop to a scheme that residents believe will have a disastrous effect on a unique and thriving part of London and if you agree with this view and wish to provide support beyond the end of the Inquiry there are several ways to do so:
1] write to the office of the Deputy Prime Minister with your views about the proposals to demolish listed buildings and part of the market roof structure to make way for a new concrete and steel viaduct at:
Office of the DPM
Planning Central Casework Division
3/J3 Eland House
London SW1E 5DU
2] sign the petition on the website [see above]
3] tell anyone who may be able to publicise the threat to the conservation area, i.e press contacts, MPs.
James, any chance of making the link a bit more visible?