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Skateboarders force London arts centre to halt demolition plans

Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:42 AM
 
A skateboarder performs tricks in a skateboarding area beneath the Southbank Centre in London on May 6, 2013. 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. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

 
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