Save the South Bank from the private Garden Bridge development
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The Thames is London's biggest piece of open space and its largest nature conservation area. Its openness is under threat as there are plans to put a Garden Bridge in the busiest tourist part of London, from Temple Tube Station to the South Bank, at a cost of £185 million pounds; over £60 million of it will be public money.
It’s not a real garden nor an essential bridge; it's mostly concrete with less than half a football pitch of green space. 90% of users are not expected to use it to cross the river but it will have a devastating impact on the river's ecosystem and historic foreshore and will bring up to 7 million visitors to a South Bank already bursting with tourists.
If it is built:
- protected iconic views from Waterloo Bridge & South Bank e.g. St Paul's Cathedral, Houses of Parliament or Waterloo sunsets, will be ruined, truncated & lost forever.
- NO cycling allowed, NO picnics allowed, Inadequate toilets for millions of people. NO full step-free access. Groups of 8 or more are requested to book in advance. You will be TRACKED using your mobile phone wifi. THIS WILL BE A PRIVATE BRIDGE WITH NO PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY RUN BY A PRIVATE COMPANY; IT IS THE PRIVATISATION OF OUR PUBLIC SPACES.
- there are many public services or other parts of the country that desperately need the investment more. The South Bank is thriving - positively heaving, and the North bank is healthy and wealthy enough as it is.
- the environmental effects of the bridge will be catastrophic; the proposed landing site on the South Bank will take away open green space and destroy over 30 mature trees to accommodate a large commercial building.
- the rising cost of construction and the burden of annual maintenance, currently £3.1m per year, will fall upon the public if the Garden Bridge Trust fails to deliver.
There are already nine bridges spanning two miles between Westminster and London Bridges, seven of which can be crossed by foot; that's more than plenty. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION to the decision makers to stop the Garden Bridge and comment on why you are signing; all feedback is welcome and encouraged. Many thanks for your support. Follow us on Twitter: @TCOSLondon Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mayor of London
- Leader of the Council at Westminster
- Assistant Area Team Leader, South Team
- Case Worker Team Leader
Westminster Planning Department
- Bishops Ward Councillor
Jennie Mosley (Bishops Ward Councillor)
- Bishops Ward Councillor
- Councillor Bishops Ward
- MP Vauxhall
- Lambeth Planning Development Control
Lambeth Council Planning, Doug Black
Coin Street Community Builders
- Leader of Lambeth Council
- Chair of Lambeth Planning Committee
- Lambeth Council planning officer
- Secretary of State for Transport
Dear Sir/Madam: please put the Garden Bridge where it's really needed without using public money or just scrap the idea.
The site in question on the South Bank is precious open public space that was entrusted to Lambeth Council to act as custodians of the land and for it to remain as a public right of way and accessible space for everyone to enjoy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The permanent construction of a commercial building is strictly prohibited under the terms of the lease which belongs to Coin Street Community Builders. We ask them both to consider their roles in this matter in the spirit in which they fought for the land, and for it to remain open public space, in perpetuity.
This project is totally inappropriate as the South Bank is dangerously overcrowded and pedestrians already have 7 other bridges to cross the river within close proximity of the proposed site.
There are plenty of sites that need regenerating e.g. Kew Gardens, acres of derelict land and brownfield sites or in several cities across the UK. The Garden Bridge will only provide 2,500m sq of green space - not even half the size of a football pitch.
The finest views of London from Waterloo Bridge, the North Bank and the South Bank will be lost forever if the Garden Bridge goes ahead; St Paul's and many other LVMF protected historic views of London will be ruined, truncated, foreshortened and abused.
This project will destroy the river's ecosystem and foreshore; the growing number of cyclists are excluded from this non-essential 'transport' project; groups of 8 or more are required to register in advance; many private and corporate functions will restrict access on this private bridge. The design of the bridge deck makes it a mugger's paradise.
Please stop this project from going ahead; in these times of austerity, other tightly squeezed budgets will have to compensate for the burden of supporting this tourist attraction that simply isn't needed. Thank you for your support.
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