As people who live and work here, we believe the South Bank and Waterloo is a special place. A few facts:
- We have 12,000 residents and 50,000 workers
- We play host to a wide range of national institutions including St Thomas’ Hospital, King’s College London, National Theatre, Southbank Centre, BFI and the London Eye
- Close to 30m people now visit the riverside every year – in 2000 it was 3m
- Waterloo Rail Station is the busiest in the country with over 100m people passing through its doors every year
Although many think that the area is transient, there is strong community feel and many people have lived in the area of decades – the Neighbourhood Forum’s oldest member has lived in Waterloo for over 70 years.
In cities it can be difficult to identify the precise boundary of any given neighbourhood and people do this in different ways. Since the first job of an emerging Neighbourhood Forum is to agree this, the early promoters of the Neighbourhood Plan, South Bank Employers’ Group consulted with the community to find out how they defined the boundaries of South Bank and Waterloo.
After much local consultation, including two mailouts to the whole community and public meetings to discuss the neighbourhood boundaries, the area has now been agreed. It is bounded in the east by Blackfriars Road, the south by Lambeth Road, and to the north and west by the River Thames. This area reflects the South Bank Forum and South Bank Partnership areas and many years of cross borough working between the people of Lambeth and Southwark to develop their neighbourhood regardless of administrative boundaries.
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