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16/06/04
Beach Plan for the Thames
- South bank near Tower Bridge earmarked as summer sand site

LONDON could enjoy sand-fun on the Thames this summer if a plan to lay a beach gets the go-ahead from Southwark council.

The beach would be sited by Potters Field Park which is on the south bank of the river near Tower Bridge. London last had a city beach on the north bank just opposite up to the 1950s.

But the plan's expected popularity with Londoners at large is the very thing that could scupper its chances of being created as local residents are
thought to be against the beach and will press Southwark council to that effect.

Local MP Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor, said: "Potters Fields is a park which we fought very hard to get as a local community and absolutely won't want taken away. The beach idea is great. It works in Paris very well. But there are plenty of other sites that would work better - by Blackfriars Bridge, for example, or by Gabriel's Wharf."




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