ACTIVISM! LONG LIVE SOUTHBANK SECURES FUTURE OF UNDERCROFT FOR SKATEBOARDING….

FOLLOWING A DETERMINED 17 MONTH LONG CAMPAIGN THAT GENERATED 150,000 SIGNATURES AND CONSISTENT MEDIA COVERAGE LONG LIVE SOUTHBANK HAVE SECURED THE FUTURE OF UNDERCROFT FOR SKATEBOARDING, BMX-ing & STREEET ART.

The Save Our Southbank  petition table is packed up for the last time

The Save Our Southbank petition table is packed up for the last time

Such good news. After a hard fought ‘Save Our Southbank’ campaign, this well deserved and somewhat remarkable victory proves activism pays. Coinciding with the publication of their chunky hard backed book Long Live Southbank, and following on from talks which have taken place over the last three months, the Long Live Southbank campaign and the Southbank Centre issued a historic joint statement outlining 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 internationally famous.

The Undercroft  Pic: Sam Ashley

The Undercroft Pic: Sam Ashley

It seems that an intervention by Mayor Of London, Boris Johnson, might just have tiped the scales.  The agreement has been formalised in a binding Section 106 planning agreement with Lambeth Council. On the basis of the protections secured by the 106 both parties have withdrawn their respective legal actions in relation to the undercroft.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.

All  this legal bizniz costs lots of money and while the campaign would like to thank all their supporters  there remains a portion of funds to recoup. To give a helping hand you can check the shop and purchase a copy of the book or the new ‘Roots & Culture’ tees etc. Also, it’s still possible to whack in a bid for one of those funky one-off boards, designed by the likes of the Chapman Brothers, James Jarvis et al.

Skateboards: The Auction

Skateboards: The Auction

Finally, during the last month of the campaign, while talks were taking place, Long Live Southbank finished writing their Cultural and Heritage Assessment on the Undercroft. This 120 page document was delivered, with the help of dozens of local skaters, to over 100 relevant politicians, the Southbank Centre and their partners, architectural organisations and heritage bodies. It will soon be available to read on their website.

OK… I’m out… push, kick….

MORE INFO CHECK: http://www.llsb.com/

The Book: Lovin' the concrete vibe of the cover!

The Book: Lovin’ the concrete vibe of the cover!

SOSB book

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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