Saturday 9 August 2014 9.11am
During the construction of the Jubilee Line and Southwark Underground Station
I had regular contact with architects and the engineer Desiree Octavius who was assigned to our residents' association to minimise the untoward effects the construction would have upon us. I was assured by both that Isabella Street
would remain in the public realm but would be closed to through traffic and be gated each end because it was to be the emergency access road for the emergency services to the businesses that would develop, it needed to be gated to stop the road being blocked and preventing access by others such as delivery drivers and minicabs and taxis.The parking meters were prevented being extended in Hatfields
because "they would make it difficult for fire engines to gain entrance". Equally the footpaths either side of the , now narrower, Isabella Street
would remain public footpaths.
I fear our lack of persistence in questioning and challenging Southwark Council
about the matter Has resulted in the loss of our street. Mea culpa.
I suspect that this was always going to be a war of attrition and big money has won yet again. The businesses have vastly increased their profitmaking floorspaceand the council has swelled its coffers by renting out the road and footpaths.
It would be interesting to find out exactly how much Southwark rakes in for this dubious practice.