Another children’s play area targeted by Thames Water as part of their ‘super sewer’ project is the Alfred Salter Playground in Druid Street. Named after one of the areas local hero’s, it is nestled safely within the flats where many of the children that use it live.
Attached to the entrance gate of the playground is a commemorative plaque telling us, amongst other things, that Dr Salter “devoted his life to improving living conditions in Bermondsey”, how wonderful it would be if today’s engineers, planners and developers had this as a guiding principle before laying pen to paper. Let the children play!
The campaign to save King’s Stairs Gardens from unnecessary destruction by Thames Water is gathering considerable momentum.
Thames Water intends to use this much loved park as a construction site for their Thames Tideway Tunnel over a period of 7 years and after that as a ‘super sewer’ shaft site!
Visit the Save King’s Stairs Gardens campaign website at www.saveksg.com to find out what’s going on and how you can help stop Thames Water from destroying this beautiful green space and children’s playground.
It’s not too late to show your support and join thousands of others who have signed the online petition to let Thames Water know they should use other, more suitable brownfield sites. Don’t forget to pass this on and tell your friends and families to sign the petition now before it’s handed in to Thames Water.
As the regeneration of Southwark continues at a pace, we also pursue our aim of protecting and improving the green, open, wild and watery spaces of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. We not only care about the larger, more well-known parks, docks and riversides, but also the smaller unprotected pockets that are equally important as nature reserves in the area.
Over the coming weeks and months we look forward to sharing our news. We hope that you will join in support of our efforts to care for nature, and in doing so, help make a positive difference to all our lives here in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.