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Iconic Southbank skate spot under threat

Posted at 5:30 pm, April 3, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, News

London skateboarders get a rough deal. Not only do they have to put up with some of the worst weather in the world, but they now have to contend with the fact that the capital’s most famous skate spot is to be demolished. On March 6, the Southbank Centre announced new plans for the ‘Festival Wing‘, a £120 million redevelopment of the Southbank complex that will see its undercroft space – the centre of London’s skateboarding scene since the ’70s – turned into retail units. Unsurprisingly, London’s skaters, graffiti artists and BMXers have kicked up a bit of a stink at the idea of the street culture epicentre of Europe becoming another generic chain restaurant, but Southbank Centre have said they are looking into creating a new area for ‘urban arts’ under Hungerford Bridge. Many skaters, though, argue that such plans slightly miss the point: a little like knocking down Big Ben and and offering to build another clock tower up the road. Patrick Welch

Do you skate? Contribute to the proposed new plans here: southbankundercroft.comThink it’s outrageous? Sign the petition here: change.org/petitions.

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