Info and links about the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition. Please give us your news and views. Also see: Pimlico FREDA Backs Council Opposition to Nine Elms Bridge
Pimlico Residents Excluded from Nine Elms Bridge Panel
Pimlico Grid Residents Association (PGRA) started an online petition to Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Lambeth Planning Development, Wandsworth 9 Elms, and a host of others.
Decision Maker Response to the PGRA petition, 9 Sep 2015:
From: Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Thank you for the petition submitted on the change.org website about the Nine Elms to Pimlico bridge.
In his 2012 Manifesto, the Mayor pledged to examine the case for a new pedestrian and cycle river crossing as part of the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea development. Work subsequently undertaken by Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that a new bridge is feasible.
The bridge proposal is being developed by the London Borough of Wandsworth and the competition to identify possible designs will conclude this autumn. The relevant London Boroughs – Wandsworth, Westminster and Lambeth – with support from TfL and the Greater London Authority, are keen to ensure the backing of the local communities on both sides of the river. This will remain an important factor in the future direction of this project.
Public Liaison Officer
Greater London Authority
- The St George’s Square (SGS Residents) petition was launched at SouthWestFest 2015 and is ongoing: Nine Elms Bridge: St George’s Square to Petition The Mayor.
- On iPetitions.com: Pimlico Mums say no to new bridge from St George’s Square.
The Federation of Pimlico Residents’ Associations (FREDA) is producing flyers to raise awareness of the issues (view the artwork).
Please help to distribute the flyers to your local residents – get in touch! FREDA Association representatives are urged to distribute to their members.
A roundup of press and online articles about the bridge, and the Nine Elms development area, can be found on the Pimlico Planning Forum. Please send us items that we may have missed!
Here’s a flavour of the latest from FT.com – Speculative investors head for the exit in Nine Elms development
Ed Mead, a director of estate agent Douglas and Gordon, said the Nine Elms area was “getting a bit silly”. Prices were “wildly out of kilter with what homes in the surrounding areas are selling for”.
The Nine Elms area is particularly prone to speculative buyers, he added: “It’s a dog-basket of developers all whacking stuff up, all jam-packed against each other, and walking out of the door and trying to find a pint of milk is really hard. Looking at what’s coming out of the ground, I wouldn’t want to live there and not many people we talk to want to buy down there.”
Henry Pryor, an agent who acts on behalf of wealthy buyers, said that some foreign investors treated apartment pre-sales as “currency trades” and “currency speculation”.
“A lot of these buyers are effectively taking a financial position rather than buying a property,” he said, warning that “investing for capital appreciation rather than yield is gambling” and predicting that the future for house prices in Nine Elms was “down”.
“If you can find some other patsy then my advice would be absolutely to [sell],” Mr Pryor said. “As long as themusic keeps on playing, everyone is happy but at some point the music stops.”
- Twitter: Latest Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Tweets.
- Streetlife: Save Our Square.
- Facebook: St George’s Square Facebook page.
There is a wide spectrum of opinion about the bridge and while many of the views expressed North of the Thames seem to be unfavourable, we’d like to hear from people who think otherwise. Please tell us your views on the Forums or via the contact page.
Nine Elms Development Links:
- Nine Elms Bridge Competition page
- NEP Bridge Design Survey
- The Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
- Nine Elms Development website
Exhibition 21-24 July 2015
The exhibition was briefly accompanied by an online survey to rate the four designs, open for a few days, closed 18:30 Fri 24th July. Wandsworth and Colander have very sensibly restricted any public consultation to a minimum and provide no obvious channels for the public to have their say.
Image credit: Ballymore Group