I imagine the Queen recoiled in horror when she heard Horse Guards Parade is to be used for beach volleyball if London wins the 2012 Olympics.
I have sent Her Majesty an email asking if she would join the SE1'ers in a bid to have the sand from the O2 event and the Volleyball recycled to spruce up the moorings when the tide is out.
As a person who both lives and works adjacent to PF, I can't see why the new beach plans can't work.
I understand from a letter I received through my letterbox on Friday that O2 have listened to concerns of residents and now plan to put the entire beach in the vacant coach park.
Also looks like they have reduced the number of activities as well.
So it actually looks as though they will in fact be increasing the amount of recreation space at PF - not restricting it.
I went to Paris last year and thought their beach was really cool.
God, if the French can create a beach that the locals love, why can't Southwark?
Ross, in reply to your post above in the other thread:
To answer your question (and this is only my opinion):
I don't think anyone here is against the beach idea in principle - it's the siting of it on Potters Field Park that some people don't agree with.
The park is a local amenity, used by local residents, every day of the week. What O2 was originally proposing was the removal of that local amenity, (with almost no consultation), to be replaced with something that would have a more limited appeal to most local residents, as well as being a vehicle for corporate sponsorship, that also attracts large crowds to the area.
There are lots of other vacant sites around there that could be used (like the bit where the balloon tours were, or the coach park) that wouldn't lead to the loss of the park for local residents
If you lived and worked near it during the David Blaine event, you will know the problems caused both during and after the event. Crowds of people, litter, and a big clean up bill. Also, we couldn't use most of the park for five months afterwards !
If what you say is right, I'm glad O2 has decided to listen to people's concerns and come up with a compromise that meets these concerns, but still lets the event go ahead.
Edited for spelling - as usual...
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The event is taking place in the coach park, not the green area. It will finsih by 9pm every night, there will be extra toilets installed and stewards and security guards. That's according to O2's leaflet we got last Thursday. If you believe O2 (and I would trust their word more than Southwark's) it doesn't sound too bad. Can't wait for it myself ;-)