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PRESS RELEASE – Judge Lang calls for Government intervention in Long Live Southbank Village Green Court Hearing

Photograph of the Undercroft by Sam Ashley (http://www.samashley.com/)
Photograph of the Undercroft by Sam Ashley (http://www.samashley.com/)

A dramatic twist was delivered at the Royal Courts of Justice today in the campaign to preserve Southbank Undercroft. In a most unusual move on what was to be the final day of Long Live Southbank’s judicial review hearing at the High Court today, and plainly in reaction to the difficult issues raised by the case, Mrs Justice Lang adjourned the hearing for a number of months. The decision to was made so that she can formally invite the Government to participate for the first time in the proceedings.

Judge Lang will invite the Government to appear at the hearing by way of a barrister to explain to her the Government’s position on a series of issues raised by Long Live Southbank’s legal team This includes its view on the interpretation of the restrictions on village green registration contained in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, as to the particular circumstances in relation to the Southbank Undercroft and as to the application of the Human Rights Act.

Long Live Southbank and the Open Spaces Society take the position that the interpretation of the restrictions which is argued for by Lambeth and the Southbank Centre would lead to absurd and unintended results. Long Live Southbank is delighted that the court will now have the opportunity to examine their concerns in detail.


For more information, please contact Long Live Southbank’s lawyer, Simon Ricketts of King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin:
Email: Simon.Ricketts@eu.kwm.com
Tel: 020 7111 2768


For images and general enquiries about Long Live Southbank please contact:
Email:  info@llsb.com


Notes to Editors:
LLSB campaign film ‘The Bigger Picture’


Information on Long Live Southbank
Long Live Southbank is the official non-profit organisation set up to preserve and protect London’s unique and world renowned Southbank Undercroft and to represent its diverse creative community of skateboarders, BMXers, artists and visitors.

LLSB was started by the local skateboarders to give them a voice and raise awareness about the threat of the destruction of a creative community who have turned a dead space into a thriving visual hub for 40 years.


Open Spaces Society
The Open Spaces Society was founded in 1865 as the Commons Preservation Society. It is Britain’s oldest national conservation body. Its founders and early members included John Stuart Mill, Lord Eversley, Sir Robert Hunter and Octavia Hill. The last two founded the National Trust in 1895 along with Canon Rawnsley.

Over the last century the society has preserved commons for the enjoyment of the public. It has also been active in protecting the historical and vital rights-of-way network through England and Wales.


LLSB attend London Assembly Planning Committee – Thurs 10 October 2013, 2pm
In October, Long Live Southbank was invited to attend a meeting of the London Assembly’s Planning Committee to highlight the plight of the Undercroft and discuss the importance of the Localism Act’s Assets of Community Value scheme. After a positive and constructive discussion, Assembly Member and Committee Chair, Nicky Gavron, told LLSB, “You’ve had a lot of support around the table from members. In fact, you’ve had total support from members.”


Stats and Facts
100,000+ LLSB members
40,000+ objections to planning application (the highest number in UK history)


Mayor of London, Boris Johnson:
“”The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London.
“This much-loved community space has been used by thousands of young people over the years.
“It attracts tourists from across the world and undoubtedly adds to the vibrancy of the area – it helps to make London the great city it is”


Nicky Gavron – Assembly Member and Planning Committee Chair
“You’ve had a lot of support around the table from members, in fact, you’ve had total support from members”


Tony Hawk – Professional Skateboarder
“Preserve the integrity of Southbank, a sanctuary for skateboarders, and an important part of London history”
“It’s truly an historic feature of London street culture”


The campaign is been supported by high profile people from across the art forms such as;
Lauren Lavern, Russell Brand, Arlene Phillips CBE, Bonnie Greer OBE, Mike Tyson. Frank Skinner, Damien Hirst, Kate Nash, Carrie Hope Fletcher, Spike Jonze, Katy B, Tony Hawk, Doc Brown, Fred Durst, Lucy Lui. Rita Ora, Alex Day, Derren Brown, Major Lazer, Patrick J Adams