This morning the Southbank Centre issued a statement revealing their proposed plans to replace the undercroft skateboard, BMX and street arts space located underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall with a new location underneath the Hungerford Bridge – a scheme that did not feature in their original proposals and is subject to a separate planning application.
These plans have again appeared before any current users of the undercroft have been consulted. The Southbank Centre has admitted their error in the original Festival Wing plans was not consulting the users of the undercroft, yet they are readily making exactly the same mistake once again and trying to force their plans on the public.
The timing of the release ahead of the Festival Wing Open Space Forum this weekend, where the highly criticised Festival Wing scheme is to be discussed, is typical of the tactics we have come to expect from the Southbank Centre, who are keen to distract people from their beleaguered plans.
The conversation which should be taking place is the preservation of the iconic undercroft and its forty years of history. This is what tens of thousands of Londoners and visitors from further afield have signed up to support, and this is a conversation the Southbank Centre are refusing to have. They continue to ignore this message which has galvanized unprecedented public support.
Our position remains the same; any relocation discussion at this stage is premature. At present there are ongoing legal attempts to preserve the undercroft and our campaign continues. In this position we are supported by over 50,000 members, over 61,000 petition signatories and over 14,000 individuals who objected to the planning application.
The LLSB Team