We are moving forwards :-) I am now trying to sort out the venue for the meeting. Hope to see you there with anyone else from this forum, by the way. Would be good for a posse from here to attend.
I see the Roxy has opened on BHS. Looks great and a nice thing to have on the street.
I agree with you that Guys and Tommy's seem to see BHS at nothing to do with them, when their acreage along BHS is quite large. Do you or anyone else know of someone to invite to the meeting in September FROM Guys i.e. the person who oversees their buildings/planning?
Are the most neglected looking bits of the Guy's campus next to BHS actually run by the hospital trust or do they now belong to King's College London?
Edited to add: Having seen that work has started on the recladding of the boiler-house, I suspect that the hospital charity which funds most "nice to have" environmental improvements may be concentrating all their resources this year (and next?)on the Thomas Heatherwick designed scheme for Great Maze Pond.
I have recently had a meeting with Adele Morris (last week) of the Bankside and Borough Council/Southwark Borough Council, and there have been emails and letters between myself and Alistair Hanton of Southwark Living Streets, and Southwark Borough Councillor Danny McCarthy.
It seems Transport for London have already published plans for Borough High Street and that those plans have been exhibited. It seems, however, that the local people who either live or work in or around BHS largely still remain in ignorance of what has been planned. I didn't see the exhibition myself.
TFL manage BHS from the London Bridge end down to Borough Tube. There is a published plan, but I have not, as yet seen a copy. More copies of the plans need to be available for all to see. A pdf or word document could be emailed around or posted both here and on SE1.
There seems to be much support (from the Councillors, from SLS, from The General Public Agency and others) for a public meeting and I hope to have more news on when that meeting would take place shortly.
So, things are happening and there will, very soon, be an opportunity to put your points of view to those involved. We need to make sure our voices and views are heard well in advance of the first diggings for the Shard. According to a recent article in 'The London Paper', the building infront of London Bridge Station will begin to be demolished in preparation for the Shard at the end of 2007.
The next step will be to present thoughts to Transport for London, and to any other bodies who ought to be involved, for instance, the Developers.
Finally, with the massive regeneration plans for the Elephant and Castle having been pretty much finalised, and with the Saint George's Church renovations reaching completion, it seems there is a 'hole' or gap of neglect between the southerly improvement plans for Borough High Street (when we find out what they are exactly) and the northern extremity of the planned improvements around the Elephant - that is the area just south of Borough Tube. It would be madness not to join up those two massive schemes.
Southwark Living Streets met up with Councillor McCarthy last Thursday evening. I was not able to be present, but I will update you all when I hear how that went. I know BHS was on the agenda of that meeting.
If you want to help, then email me and I will email you back the flier and/or poster about the event to distribute to anyone and everyone who is interested and who wants to protect what is probably one of London's oldest and most important thoroughfares.