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Leake Street Pocket Park now open

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A scrap of wasteland at the junction of Lower Marsh and Leake Street has been turned into a small garden in a £90,000 project.

Leake Street Pocket Park now open
Leake Street Pocket Park now open
Leake Street Pocket Park now open
The site of the pocket park pictured in January 2014

The Leake Street Pocket Park has been designed by Deb Nagan of local firm (uncommon) and has been funded by £50,000 of section 106 payments by local developers and £40,000 from the Mayor of London's Pocket Parks programme.

Tuesday's opening ceremony was performed by Cllr Jack Hopkins, Lambeth's cabinet member for jobs and growth, and John Rushton, chair of We Are Waterloo (formerly Waterloo Quarter BID).

"The new pocket park at the entrance to Leake Street provides a fitting welcome to Lower Marsh that is both a credit to the businesses of the street and to the graffiti artists operating in the tunnel," said John Rushton.

"This space has long been an eyesore and we are grateful to Lambeth Council and Network Rail for helping us make this space available for the benefit of the whole community."

Deb Nagan also designed the planters in converted fruit juice drums which can be found throughout Waterloo.

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