Artists within the clink street studios building above the clink prison will be evicted soon as the building has been sold to developers. They have been there for over 7 years. At that time the place was empty and hardly no-body ventured there. It's such a shame that developers continually do this, look at shoreditch, Hoxton even Deptford. Surely artists bring alot of fabric to an area and add to the culture. the gentrification going on at the moment, though a good thing will surely mean that eventually the area will become more clinical and cater only to tourists and the middle class.
I think it is unfair, yes progress must continue to keep this city moving and ahead of our international competitors, but artists have a lot of value to the community and business and should be respected as such. If evictions must take place, then perhaps the developers should allocate space in the new development for the artists, as they are a great attraction for this great city..
I agree that local artists have helped bring character to the area. Developers and the council should at least be persuaded to put Section 106 money towards relocating them to alternative, affordable premises locally. Alternatively why can't they do what the Oxo Tower did and include some visible artists' workshops that will help add to the attraction of Clink Street?
Incidentally, Bankside Residents Forum have plans of the proposed development and are corresponding with the developers to try to represent residents' views on it. If you wish to discuss it with them contact them on 020 7378 6435 or email: [email protected]