Southbank has officially been saved

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Good news for all… Long Live Southbank have officially declared that London’s iconic Southbank skatepark has been saved!

It’s been 17 months of hard campaigning, but the folks at Long Live Southbank and all those who helped and supported it have finally achieved their goal. Southbank lives on. These guys should be heralded as heroes not just for saving one of skateboarding’s most beloved spots, but for the amount of effort and creativity they put into rallying support. Just check out the image below for one small example of some of the stuff they did. It’s also worth noting that during the campaign it reached a point where Boris Johnson was quoted saying “The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London” amongst other things.

Here’s the official statement released under an hour ago…

LONG LIVE SOUTHBANK AND SOUTHBANK CENTRE SECURE FUTURE OF UNDERCROFT FOR SKATEBOARDING AND URBAN ACTIVITIES

Following talks that have taken place over the last three months, Long Live Southbank and Southbank Centre are delighted to have reached an agreement that secures the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft as the long-term home of British skateboarding and the other urban activities for which it is famous.

The agreement has been formalised in a binding planning agreement with Lambeth Council. In the agreement, Southbank Centre agrees to keep the undercroft open for use without charge for skateboarding, BMX riding, street writing and other urban activities.

On the basis of the protections secured by the planning agreement, Southbank Centre and Long Live Southbank have withdrawn their respective legal actions in relation to the undercroft. These include Southbank Centre’s challenge to the registration of the undercroft as an asset of community value, Long Live Southbank’s application for village green status for the undercroft, and a judicial review of Lambeth Council’s decision to reject the village green application.

Long Live Southbank is pleased to support Southbank Centre’s Festival Wing project for the improvement of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, on the basis that the plans will now no longer include any redevelopment within the skate area of the Queen Elizabeth Hall undercroft.

Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of Lambeth Council said; “I’m pleased that Lambeth Council was able to work with both sides and find an imaginative solution to resolve this. Shared public space in London is precious and Southbank Centre is a great asset to the country’s cultural life. This agreement is a sensible way of protecting both and we can all now look forward.”

Long live Southbank!

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Alex Synamatix

One of three co-founders at THE DAILY STREET, Alex is our Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all TDS activity. Outside of TDS, Alex is a respected creative in his own right, from art directing club nights (comm•une) to consulting for some of the largest global brands.

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Comments

  • Attitude

    AMAZING NEWS!!! GOOD SHIT AND WELL DONE TO THE LONG LIVE SOUTH BANK CAMPAIGN!!!

  • PriamofWilusa

    Sick! well done to everyone at the #llsb may future generations of skateboards enjoy her as we have.

  • Chris Airplays

    Incredibly well run campaign. Glad to see it’s safe. Hopefully it’s inspired others to campaign with the same level of professionalism to save/reclaim/create spaces for commerce free self expression. More power to the people.