The Garden Bridge
The Garden Bridge is a proposed new pedestrian crossing spanning the River Thames linking South Bank to Temple station. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and garden designer Dan Pearson, the bridge will provide a new route from north and south and feature plants, trees, woodland and walkways. The South Bank ‘landing’ is on part of the Riverside Walkway by ITV London which is leased to Coin Street Community Builders. The freehold is owned by the London Borough of Lambeth.
We welcome an increase in green public realm and improved pedestrian links with the north bank. We believe the Garden Bridge will be beneficial to London and our neighbourhood provided it is properly managed and maintained. However, if it is not properly managed and maintained, it will be a liability.
Ensuring benefit not liability
The freeholder of the land is Lambeth Council. We cannot grant consent for the bridge landing unless Lambeth wish us to do so. Whatever the outcome, CSCB remains responsible for the maintenance and management of the Riverside Walkway and the area surrounding the proposed south landing of the bridge. Therefore, we have to engage in discussions and use influence to ensure there is a proper maintenance and operations plan. We will also have to increase our cleaning, management and maintenance resources to cope with the increased numbers of people the bridge will attract.
Benefitting local people
We anticipate a collaborative relationship with the Garden Bridge Trust and the creation of a range of training and employment opportunities beneficial to our local community.
For further information on the Garden Bridge visit the Garden Bridge Trust website.