Voices in the Urban Forest - works underway!
Bankside - an area of two halves. The world class areas near the riverside, contrast with the streets further south, divided by Southwark Street and the rail viaduct that in some ways sever these two areas of our neighbourhood. As part of Bankside Urban Forest, plans are afoot to address this. Through the Voices in the Urban Forest project, work has already started at tackling some of the barriers that stop people from moving easily through the area. The streets between Union Street and Southwark Street, including Lavington, Ewer and Great Guildford Streets, are all set to receive improvements to pavements, increased greening and improved lighting. There are also plans to draw out some of the heritage of these streets in interpretation elements within the streets.
Work has already started on Ewer Street, where the rail viaduct is being cleaned, and the railway bridge is being repainted. We're working with developers who are redeveloping sites in the project area, so that they help realise the ambition of the Voices in the Urban Forest project. Other improvements planned for Ewer Street include more greening and tree planting, and improved signage to the businesses based in the arches along the rail viaduct, which connects to Great Suffolk Street.
For more information about the Voices in the Urban Forest project, or the wider Bankside Urban Forest initiative, please contact Valerie Beirne, Bankside Urban Forest manager on vb [at] betterbankside.co.uk