Agenda item

1 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 (Bishops ward)

Case ref: 0700965/Ful and 136/L/S106D

 

Recommendation:

 

  1. Committee agrees the basic refurbishment package including cleaning and painting (with anti-graffiti paint) of the tunnel walls, improved functional lighting, and replacement pigeon proofing, and provides direction for Officers on the type of pigeon proofing to be installed.

 

  1. Committee agrees to proceed with the feature lighting proposal demonstrated on the 13th April and provides direction for Officers with regard to any additional treatment to the Network Rail structure in respect of cleaning and painting.

 

  1. Committee agrees that artwork for the tunnel walls and improvements for the area around the taxi exit road are developed in association with the appointed design team for the wider Lower Marsh Regeneration Scheme and that this complements the feature lighting.

 

Minutes:

In introducing the report, officers advised that further representations had been received from South Bank Employers Group (SBEG).  The Chief Executive of SBEG addressed the meeting and was appreciative of the opportunity to attend a demonstration of the lighting proposals and also opportunities for further engagement with residents/stakeholders.  In respect of the officer recommendations, SBEG made the following observations:

 

Recommendation 1

Supported in principle and suggestion that Network Rail be approached regarding pigeon proofing works.

 

Recommendation 2

Feature lighting proposals supported in principle but of the view that feature lighting is an alternative to cleaning and painting of the structure and that other elements of the tunnel upgrade are a higher priority for expenditure.

 

Recommendation 3

Supported subject to input of the Lower Marsh/Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Scheme Steering Group.

 

Pavements

Concerned about lack of reference to the treatment of pavements, which should be addressed by the Lower Marsh/WBR design team.

 

Alternative Recommendation proposed

 

1.                  Proceed urgently with cleaning the walls, applying anti-graffiti coatings and installing new functional lighting. This will make an immediate and marked difference to the route from the new hotel to Lower Marsh without prejudging the best solutions for the more complex and interacting areas of the project.

2.                  Ask the Lower Marsh/WBR design team to come up with proposals at the earliest opportunity for the pavements – pavement improvements can then be implemented as soon as possible and deliver a further short term improvement.

3.                  Instruct officers to approach Network Rail to fulfil its obligations on pigeon proofing over the footways.

4.                  Ask the Lower Marsh/Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Scheme Steering Group and the selected Design Team to address as soon as possible the best mix of approaches for feature lighting, structural cleaning and painting, artwork or other wall treatments, mitigating the impact of the taxi junction etc. In doing this the Committee could issue general guidance on particular concerns of members (eg the cab route junction, and the best possible treatment of the walls), without getting into specific design issues.

 

The Committee was supportive of the proposals put forward by SBEG and was keen to improve the very poor pedestrian environment.  Advice was sought on scope for narrowing service roads and widening pavements.  There were mixed views on the merits of painting the viaduct and it was suggested that the need to treat the paintwork should be reviewed once the impact of the new lighting had been assessed.  This would give a clear indication of what other treatments such as cleaning/painting were necessary.  The Committee was supportive of approaching Network Rail to fund pigeon proofing works.

 

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED:

 

1.                  That works proceed as soon as possible to clean the walls, applying anti-graffiti coatings and install new functional lighting.

2.                  That the Lower Marsh/Westminster Bridge Road design team draw up proposals for possible pavement improvements (from the new hotel to the junction of Westminster Bridge Road with Lower Marsh)


3.                  That Senior Council officers approach Network Rail to fulfil its obligations on pigeon proofing over the footways and that SBEG be involved in any discussions on pigeon proofing.

4.                  That  the Lower Marsh/Westminster Bridge Road Regeneration Scheme Steering Group and the selected Design Team consider the best mix of  feature lighting, structural cleaning and painting, artwork or other wall treatments to  mitigate the impact of the taxi junction etc.

 

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