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Friday, February 02, 2007

Borough Market threatened....

The following was sent to me by a listener and by someone who works near the market.

"Borough Market is London's oldest market. It was established on the south bank of the Thames when the Romans build the first London Bridge and people have been trading on this site for over 2000 years.

Some bright spark has decided to expand the railway line running through the roof of the market, which will also involve knocking down 23 of the beautiful listed and unlisted buildings in the closely surrounding area.

They already have planning permission, but are waiting funding and there is a strong local campaign to put a stop to it.

If you know and love the market in its present state, please sign the petition to prevent this from happening. The plans, photographs and the petition are HERE.

Unfortunately not a lot of people are aware of it so please sign it and pass it on to anyone else you know who loves this great bit of London heritage."

Now for my (Parky's) twopenn'rth:-

As well as being an amazing place in its own right, the streets round the market have been in many films. One, Park Street, which will be devastated by these developments was featured in Snatch and key buildings near the market featured in the Knight Bus sequence from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Finally, Bridget Jones' Diary 2 was filmed in the Market. All those great films were made in Borough Market because of its unique location. Why ruin it?

Do not pass go. Do not collect £200. Go straight to the petition site and do your best to protect the market!

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