I think the headline of the most recent SE1 article is somewhat misleading!
As I've outlined earlier in this thread I'm in agreement with the proposal, and it doesn't seem I'm alone. Is there somewhere where local residents and businesses can register their approval for Thameslink 2000 through London Bridge? If not, I'll try and set something up.
The sabmac web site is not mine, and I had nothing to do with its creation or content.
All of the local opposition to Thameslink has been organised on a voluntary, unpaid basis, including for example, legal representation and the creation of the website. I understand that getting websites to appear at the top of search lists requires investment but I am no expert, and it is unfortunate that searches do not reveal the site unless you know exactly what you are looking for. However, I' m sorry that mickysalt spent time being critcal of this and the content of the site. Obviously, he believes his own site is superior in some way, but the sabmac site specifically concentrates on the Borough Market area, not the wider scope of the Thameslink scheme. It has specific explanations about the background and the likely impact on the areas existing architecture, businesses and residents. Rightly, in my view, there has been resistance to commenting on replacement buildings because this would imply acceptance of the outline proposal in the first place.
The local campaign has taken an enormous effort on behalf of those who have stuck at it doggedly for [I believe] over 12 years, against the money and might of Railtrack / Network Rail. My own interest and relatively small scale involvement dates back only a few years.
FWIW - and I realise this is beside the point - you don't need to spend money to get good search engine rankings. The most obvious (technical) failing of the sabmac site is that there is no text at all on the front page of the site - just images - so there's not much for the search engines to go on.
Thanks, James. I was obviously mis-lead [or more likely I mis-understood!] what I was told when I discussed this with an IT bod recently. I'll pass that on to the site designers and hope they can do something to improve the sites 'visibility'.