16 Thursday 16th January 2014
Well, here's a development. Everyone's favourite tubby blond right winger just said: "I wholeheartedly support the principle of enhancing the world-class cultural facilities at the Southbank Centre and am encouraged by many of the aspects of their plans. However, redevelopment should not be at the detriment of the skate park, which should be retained in its current position.
"The skate park is the epicentre of UK skateboarding and is part of the cultural fabric of London. This much-loved community space has been used by thousands of young people over the years. It attracts tourists from across the world and undoubtedly adds to the vibrancy of the area – it helps to make London the great city it is."
In a response the Southbank Centre said: "We are surprised by the mayor's unexpected statement. We look forward to hearing how he intends to fill the financial gap that now stands between us and our ability to provide free art and culture to millions of Londoners. In the meantime the Southbank Centre board must consider the implications for the future of the project if he fails to do so."
Isn't it 15 quid to get in the Hayward Gallery? Doesn't sound very 'free' to me.
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