Boris Johnson insists Southbank skate park must stay

Boris Johnson says he supports plans to redevelop parts of the Southbank Centre - but the skaters must remain in the current undercroft.

The famous undercroft on London's Southbank Credit: ITV News

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."

Recently, hundreds of skateboarders delivered 30 boxes of objections over plans to turn the area into retail space.

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Boris Johnson insists Southbank skate park must stay

The Mayor of London says he supports plans to redevelop parts of the Southbank Centre - but the skaters must remain in the current undercroft.