Original post: LizzieJ Thursday 4 May 2006 11.38am
Well, it's been exactly 3 years since LizzieJ started this thread on improving BHS.
North end of BHS is boarded up, and several other properties lower down empty, Post Office, Mayfair carpets;
Has the campaign hit the buffers?
I guess a lot hangs on the Thameslink redevelopment, doesn't it? But certainly most of the recent(ish) additions to the street - the amusement arcade, the pasty place, Subway - fail to inspire affection, and I'm a bit bored of the often chaotic scenes outside Belushi's and the not-quite-chuggers trying to tempt me to go on a business course.
and there are also the awful scaffold-covered properties up near the slug and lettuce. these places (owned by Guys) have been scaffolded as long as i can remember and have well exceeded the licence displayed outside
Time for a campaign......a few trees outside the S&L would give a nice continental feel. And as for all the street clutter...... I did attend a street audit some time ago, but I can't remember who organised it.....
Re. the dilapidated shops on the eastern side (Shoefayre et al) - the public exhibition for the Quill tower was held in the estates department of King's College London (the shambolic access arrangements are well described by RickB in this thread).
In the corner of the office I noticed a model of a proposed redevelopment of those buildings with a modern block behind the retained shopfronts.
The model looked like it might have been on the shelf for a while, though.
one thing about this area that I find mental is the lack of crossings for pedestrians. If you come out of the wrong exit at London Bridge Underground you can find it pretty hard to get across to the market in amongst all the buses and taxis...
Yes, it was SLS (Southwark Living Streets) who did the street audit and they have been moving forward the item every month since then...nibbling away at the various bodies who oversee the street.
The problem is that the street has various 'owners' and interested parties such as Transport for London, Southwark Council, the people doing the Shard, those who are involved in the widening of the railway over Borough Market, Guy's hospital (the Shoefayre and other shop).
The Lib Dem members of Southwark Council are keeping Southwark Living Streets informed and whenever there is a chance to move on something or suggest something, suggestions are made. Everything is basically on hold until the Shard has finished and then these parties will begin to move on the High Street - improving it, softening it, improving the crossings and so on. At the right moment in time, there needs to be a consultation on how people visualise BHS and environs, before the work is done?
Guy's hospital are the people to complain about re: the two shops and the scaffolding - it's awful and it's dangerous as people walk in the road to get past when the route under the scaffolding is packed with people. The shops look awful. It's a disgrace. I have felt like putting a banner up several times to say 'how much longer?'.