Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Save Borough Market

Borough market is London's oldest market. It was established on the south bank of the Thames when the Romans build the first London Bridge and people have been trading on this site for over 2000 years. For any of you that haven't been, it's a beautiful undercover food market and a truly wonderful part of London's history. http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/index.php .Anyway, a bright spark has decided to run a railway line through the roof of the market, which will also involve knocking down 23 of the beautiful listed and unlisted buildings in the closely surrounding area. They already have planning permission, but are waiting funding and there is a strong local campaign to put a stop to it. If, like me, you know and love the market in its present state, please sign the petition to prevent this from happening. The plans, photographs and the petition are on the following site: http://www.sabmac.co.uk Unfortunately not a lot of people are aware of it so please sign it and pass it on to anyone else you know who loves this great bit of London heritage.

1 comment:

Neil said...

I think the key thing here is that there is an alternative and better solution for routing the Thameslink upgrade. If it was a case of upgrading this key bottleneck on the rail network versus saving the character of the market and other buildings in Borough then I would probably, reluctantly, agree with the upgrade to the rail network.

But there is an alternative(through the Elephant and Castle) which would link up with a major regeneration scheme, focus transport improvements on transport-poor areas like Walworth and Camberwell rather than promoting long-distance commuting as well as saving the character of Borough.

Before commiting major sums to this project (and millions have already been spent) then the alternative should be thoroughly investigated especially seeing as there have been major changes since it was last looked at.