– Southbank Centre statement
We are surprised by the Mayor's unexpected statement. We look forward to hearing how he intends to full the financial gap that now stands between us and our ability to provide free art and culture to millions of Londoners.
Boris Johnson says he supports plans to redevelop parts of the Southbank Centre - but the skaters must remain in the current undercroft.
Speaking at a planning meeting at City Hall, Mr Johnson said:
"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."