Southwark Council with Better Bankside and the Bankside Residents Forum have appointed architects Adams & Sutherland to develop a vision for Great Suffolk Street.
The vision includes a more vibrant pedestrian-friendly street, with slower traffic, enhanced business opportunities, spaces to relax and interact, while working with and refining the unique character of the street.
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It seems a bit daft to cut off the current shopping area from the plans for 'enhanced business opportunities. Surely there is much benefit to be had from integrating the existing shops into the plans.
On the proposed streetscaping, I'm all for it, but I have my doubts regarding the long term prospects for "temporary seating, removed at night" by the White Hart. Surely nightly removal of temporary seats incurs significant ongoing expense and maintenance? Also, the council really needs to realise that if it puts additional seating by pubs then these will be used by pub goers. Putting in seats by pubs and then whining when pub goers sit on them tends to make the council look a bit silly (i.e. as with The Roebuck).
Time for a 'vision', eh? I have no problem with the idea of developing a more pedestrian friendly environment, however the temporary seating gives me cause for concern. I assume they will be emblazoned with 'Better Bankside?' I'm getting a little tired of seeing these everywhere as they look cheap and are not especially comfortable to sit on and strike me as the kind of advertising we'd object to in other circumstances.