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Tuesday 2 October 2012 2.14am
These Computer Generated Images are worse than Paul Daniels. I love how the buildings themselves against that lovely pot-potpourri of cloud types are practically translucent and how the trees both in the street and reflected in the glass are completely pushed to the fore graphically. That's cos we all like trees including developers.

BTW, can anyone tell me the exact date when publicly appending 'property developer' to your name became acceptable? In my day, a property developer was a shady rat-like creature who only skulked around their offices by day and development sites by cover of eldritch darkness. They used to socialise with estate agents and journalists.

Friday 5 October 2012 5.19pm
Don't forget:

"Architects Rolfe Judd have drawn up two development options which will be put on public display at Waterloo Action Centre on Friday 5 October and Bankside Community Space on Saturday 6 October."
Monday 8 October 2012 11.33am
I went along to the exhibition on Saturday - more of a PR exercise by the developer than giving information to residents.

Was also followed round the exhibition by 3 employees who were eager to jump in at any point to explain the 'benefits' of the scheme.

Also concerned around the proposals for the streetscape which looks like every other new business district development in the area. Totally out of keeping with the rest of the area. Really hope the planning application ends up with something better than this.
Monday 8 October 2012 12.23pm
I went to the exhibition on Friday night and was, among other things, bemused by the developers' promotion of a pavement cafe culture on the Blackfriars Road.

I asked him whether he'd ever tried, for example, having a pint in the front of the Crown or the Ring and how he'd found it. Obviously, he'd not, and didn't realise how noisy it is and how frequently you're importuned for cash by passing vagrants.
Monday 8 October 2012 2.18pm
I hope people have noticed you can give your opinion of the proposals online as well as via the leaflet distributed at the exhibition and through some of our letterboxes
Monday 15 October 2012 8.28pm
This scheme is on the agenda for WCDG on Wednesday:

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Thursday 18 October 2012 8.12pm
Just been to a meeting to discuss the Linden Homes development, called by the Nelson Square Gardens Community Association and Webber and Quentin Tenants and Residents groups. About 30 people were present and it was agreed there will be a working group around this. General feeling of the meeting was that people are not happy of the impact of this proposed development and the way it has been pushed forward.

Another meeting was agreed for the 1st November in the Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House.
Thursday 1 November 2012 4.08pm
Just bumping this to remind that there is the second meeting of concerned local residents today at 7 pm in the community hall mentioned above, next to the Lord Nelson Pub on the Union Street side. Some councillors are meant to be attending and answer our questions.
Tuesday 6 November 2012 7.16pm
Blackfriars Preservation Society
First ever meeting

Monday 12th November


At the basement of Quentin House, Gray street (waterloo road end) opposite the building site, sign on gate.

For further details please email:
[email protected]

How many Victorian warehouses have disappeared over the last year within the Blackfriars area?

How many are currently at risk?

How many local heritage landmarks are being stripped away to make way for bland homogenous high-rises?

Too Many.

Blackfriars interesting unique historic urban fabric is being ripped out and replaced with characterless and soulless buildings, such as Travel Lodge.

It is time to come together, discuss, learn and put together an action plan, to find out what we can do to help turn the tide before it is too late.

Everyone welcome.
Wednesday 14 November 2012 9.07pm
The campaign has now a name: Blackfriars Action for Responsible Development (BARD).

Third meeting tomorrow, Thursday 15 November again at 7 pm at the Nelson Square Gardens Community Association Hall, 60a Rowland Hill House. The Lord Nelson pub end, Union Street.

The website/blog for the campaign at
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