I'm not surprised they got 600+ signatures against the proposals, the more I read about them the less confident I get that we can trust the Council to look after the market, Square, Conservation area etc. If the LibDems want to start their governance in a positive way they should keep to their election pledge and reject the current proposal, and start again with a new competition.
As a resident of Bermondsey that overlooks the current Bermondsey Antiques Market, I wholeheartedly endorse this letter (http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/260) objecting to the over-development of Bermondsey Square. Accordingly I strongly encourage the Lib-Dems to:
1. listen to their constituents and
2. adhere to their stated position (as stated in their Focus newsletter).
I heard a rumour that Southwark Council were due yesterday to vote compulsory purchase of the roadways/garden in front of the old houses in Bermondsey Square, against all the objections of the residents. This apparently is to ensure total control of the land in the square, even though there is not yet planning approval for any development. And of course to ensure that the council decides how much the rights over this space is actually going to cost them.
And so that they can sell the space to yuppies for parking.
Anybody know the outcome of the council meeting? Why are these things never published? Democracy in action? Not a chance.
Once again, at the risk of invoking expressions involving parapets and heads, I actually think Southwark sould go ahead with these excellent proposals. I live within spitting distance of the site in question, and I would welcome a commercial development of this nature. The current dearth of quality commercial ventures in this end of town (cf: the awful standard of retail on Tower Bridge Road, not to mention the complete lack of any decent bars or pubs etc.) would be rectified by a speedy activation of these plans.
SOUTHWARK COUNCIL: "Do it, do it, do it". You know you want to.
A bar and restaurant or two is on the cards for the re-development.
I say that the square is a wasteland for most of the week. If done right, it can be a real source of local regeneration. I am not sure that building an office block and a hotel is the best solution to the problem.
I want to see more work spaces for local craftsmen. And a gym so that I can lose some weight and not cause those embarrassing delays in E & C underpasses.
I apologize to the Council - apparently the minutes of council meetings are available in the local library. I will have to waddle down there and see what happened to the compulsory purchase proposal.
I still think they should be up on a web page - now that would be open.gov.uk !
Ellie - the Urban Catalyst proposals for the square are undergoing revision and are about due for re-submission, but the old plans should still be available for public inspection at the planning offices in Portland Street. If you phone first, a planning officer will make time to talk through the plans with you. Let us know if you get any further news from him. The planning officer for this project is: