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Thursday 14 March 2013 2.07pm
Thursday 14 March 2013 5.22pm
Ah yes, the world will be so much better when every available space has been turned into a shop or restaurant.
Thursday 21 March 2013 1.42pm
We have over 1700 signatures to oppose this relocation Can so many people be wrong?

Spread the word if you want to add your voice to stop the corporates taking over our space!
Friday 10 May 2013 7.44pm
Southbank skaters featured on the front page of the Guardian Online today...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/10/skateboarders-village-green-society-southbank
Saturday 11 May 2013 8.47am
This is bloody appalling and like so many others here I am totally opposed to this. I feared this might happen some years ago as we see the inevitable march of commercialism in every 'prime' space and the destruction of so much of the London that attracted many of us here in the first place. The Southbank will become a soulless centre for the privileged few if we are not careful rather than the vibrant riverside location for all of London that it used to be. Please sign the petition and let's hope that we can maintain at least a small example of variety in central London.
Saturday 11 May 2013 8.53am
Oh, I might also add thanks 'Boner' for your constructive contribution to a perfectly reasonable and passionate post from Skatergurrl about something that many of us do actually care about. All it tells me (and I suspect many others) is that I should ignore anything and everything you say now and in the future, which I will do with pleasure. Though perhaps I should have known what kind of contribution we'd get from you on the basis of your puerile moniker.
Saturday 11 May 2013 9.11am
bdim wrote:
The Southbank will become a soulless centre for the privileged few
Or, a soulless centre for a soulless few even.
Saturday 11 May 2013 10.04am
It's good to see the Skatepark getting such positive feedback. The argument that the retail is needed to fund the cultural space is pathetic; no Starbucks , no culture is that what it's come to?
Saturday 11 May 2013 11.34am
I walked the river last Sunday and can only say that you couldn't even get a space to watch the skaters,it was packed and anyone who wants to poo poo the term "mecca" for skateboarders needs to take a look.
Saturday 11 May 2013 10.10pm
Here is two reasons why the skaters should stay free to skate in the undercroft at South Bank.

First is from the film Hot Wheels and Big Deals from about 1978.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlCtGQZrTzk

Hot skate action at the South Bank starts at 5:30. That was back in the day when there was much more concrete and features to skate before the most recent enclosure. That's 35 years of people skating there through all the highs and lows of skateboard styles, fashions and so on.

Second is this more recent testimony from skaters themselves from Rolling Through the Decades

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJkLsvnMliw

I think that's it's not just about finding another space for the skaters. The point is that it's about that special South Bank architecture that skaters took for their own use when skateboarding first got big in the UK and has kept going ever since. It's also about how young people use the City and make places their own, form affinities with others and feel a freedom to enjoy themselves without too much control needed.

You can replace that with shops and cafes (just like every other place in London of spontaneity and imaginative use so it seems) but that's to really mess with a place where the value of it is far more special and more precious (to skaters and those who enjoy watching them) than more generic retail places at the South Bank.

And yes, I skated there in my teens way back in 1978 and still spend some time if I am passing seeing what's happening with skaters these days and what's new.
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