Eleanor Wallis

What bugs you in Bankside?

Fed up with moaning about things on the SE1 forum such as poor lighting, dirty streets, excess rubbish - but rarely seeing anything done? Well, hereâs your opportunity to help make a difference to Bankside, says Eleanor Wallis

An organisation called Better Bankside has been set up with the aim of improving the area. Through funding from the London Development Agency, the Circle Initiative and support from Southwark Council and local businesses they are gearing up to tackle those ‘grot spots' in Bankside. They are keen to use the in-depth knowledge of those who live, work or frequently visit there, to make sure they are tackling the right problems.

Please tell them what really annoys you by responding to the message posted on the forum by Eleanor Wallis entitled What bugs you in Bankside? It could be anything from graffiti, constant piles of rubbish outside a certain shop, an abandoned car or a missing street bulb? The only proviso is that it has to be within the area bordered by Blackfriars Road, Borough High Street, the river and Union Street and it has to be realistic – they can't go down knocking down buildings you don't like, for example.

Of course, Better Bankside can't promise to right all the wrongs in Bankside but they will read everyone's comments and compile a list of achievable targets. They will report to the forum on their progress and will keep a record of all responses for potential future projects. So, if something in Bankside blights your day, make sure Eleanor knows about it!

For more information on Better Bankside, or to be added to their mailing list, contact Peter Williams on 07710 337594 or

Eleanor Wallis works for Better Bankside

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