I can't believe what some of these organisations spend their money on. Has anyone seen this (see SE1News). What tosh! Lower Marsh is described as a vibrant market. Not it's not; it's full of people who work in the area queuing for their lunch at the stalls, whilst locals try to get past and find somewhere to buy some decent groceries and fresh food to fill their fridges.
Whatever the ins and outs of Lower Marsh, I'd definitely agree that BIDs (who, if I've read the news article correctly, are the people who've funded this spending) are a waste of money.
The Bankside one seems to be completely random in the scope of what it does, and the frequency of any offerings. I work in another BID in the West End. They appear to spend all their money organising walking tours of the region, and sponsoring foodmarkets in the concourse of one of the nearby office buildings.
Pops, I beg to differ. It's not the people who work here that make it 'something'; it's the theatres, the local businesses,the people who live here and its interesting history. Smelly food and blocked pavements don't enhance it too much!
Talking of smelly food, I noticed that the food stall that's in Millennium Green at lunchtimes has moved to what seems like a more permenant pitch under the trees. Seems like it's set to stay there then. It's unbearable to walk through the park when they're cooking, what will all the burnt smoke smell wafting all over the place. Shame it makes the park a no-go area (unless you want your clothes to smell).