Thursday 28 December 2006 1.05pm
Jonathan K wrote:
There is no "prospective demolition of Borough Market
" as the title suggests.
As far as I can see the rail development will have less impact on Borough Market
than the changes that the market has already seen over the last 5 years.
While it is true that the market as a whole is not to be demolished, the potential impact of the railway viaduct on the market surroundings and its continued operation is enormous:
Apart from the demolition of over 20 listed buildings, others are to be 'modified' to accommodate the new line, which will mean the 'temporary' rehousing of people who have lived in the area for years, together with some existing businesses. The disruption that will involve may mean some will be unable to afford to return.
Dispruption to surrounding roads by the enabling work and ongoing construction will certainly restrict space and access to the market area for the wholesale and retail traders and the public, to the extent that even those businesses that not currently in the direct path or adjacent to the new viaduct may find it impossible to continue trading at BM and may never return.
The refurbished section near Southwark Cathedral
is earmarked for wholesale traders and there is little remaining space available to accommodate all the displaced retail traders and the associated delivery / parking space required.
The major changes over the last few years have helped a revitalisation of the area, and thanks to the resurgence of interest, BM has grown and evolved gradually over the last 6-7 years into what it is today - like or loathe whatever it represents to those who use or avoid it! Long term survival of the market in any form will ultimately depend on the determination of traders and public alike to keep it viable on a long term basis during and post the viaduct building works.
No amount of petition signing at this stage will alter the fact that the viaduct now has has planning permission. IF the project gets funding, all bets are off that the costs will be kept within the [currently enormous] budget, and it is quite likely that the only bit that will be built will be the BM viaduct section, because THAT is the bit Network Rail are most keen to build to relieve congestion into London Bridge.
[BTW, for the sake of clarity, I am not a trader and have no local business interest other than as a shopper at the market].