The Vauxhall Society has joined The Battersea Society in backing the London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies in pointing out ‘significant gaps and shortcomings’ in the proposals for public spaces (‘public realm’) in the Nine Elms glass canyon on the south bank of the Thames.
The proposals come from ‘The Blob’, the nickname for a gooey alliance of the property development interests of Transport for London, Lambeth and Wandsworth Councils with private-sector property developers.
Among the ‘significant gaps and shortcomings’ the Forum lists is that neither Lambeth nor Wandsworth need abide by the http://musicandmemory.org/cheap-levitra-india consultation result if people don’t give the answers the Blob wants.
The consultation is ‘very token’ and does not ‘include anyone to represent the public’s point of view’.
There needs, for example, to be a ‘general review’ of the provision for cyclists and pedestrians along the river bank between Chelsea, Vauxhall and the proposed Pimlico Bridge. It is assumed that the cyclists and pedestrians will share the recommended site same route at some points, yet there is already ‘widespread concern’ among pedestrians at the speed of many cyclists and the inexperience of many more.
The consultation presents The Thames Path as a route for pedestrians and then ‘without hint of irony’ goes on to discuss the Path’s role ‘as a route for cyclists’.
‘Very much larger numbers’ of pedestrians and cyclists are due to use the riverside. Where stretches of the Thames Path are legally closed to cyclists, the restriction ‘ought to be enforced’, the Forum urges.