For those of you from the West side of the Atlantic, this won't mean all that much, but Southbank has been at the heart of the London, and the UK skate scene for decades.
There has been a great deal of controversy
over the proposed development of the Southbank Centre, which would have seen the area that has been used by skaters redeveloped into retail units. Originally designed in the 1960's, the area was not designed as a skatepark, but for years the world has known that the area has been taken over by skaters and that it is unofficially theirs.
This has finally all come to a close following London Mayor Boris Johnson's announcement
that he "supports plans to redevelop the Southbank Centre – but only if the skate park which is based in the building’s undercroft is retained." Cheers Boris, you legend!
Southbank Centre’s Board wrote:
The Southbank Centre’s Board will withhold its planning application for the Festival Wing, following Mayor Boris Johnson’s statement (15 January 2014) that the skate park should be retained in its current position in any redevelopment.
Full Details of the announcement can be found here.