Skateboarders force London arts centre to halt demolition plans
LONDON (AFP) - One of the world's best-known skateboarding spots has been saved from demolition after a campaign by London skaters that was backed by mayor Boris Johnson.
The Southbank arts centre announced plans last March to fund a new 120 million pounds (S$249 million) wing by knocking down a set of concrete banks which skateboarders have been using for four decades, and replacing them with coffee shops and restaurants.
It offered to build a new skatepark under a nearby bridge over the River Thames.
But more than 67,000 people signed a petition against the plans and 35,000 lodged official planning objections with the local council.