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Hailed as the birth place of British skating—the undercroft is under threat from a new Southbank Centre development, but do they have the right to exert ownership over this most public of spaces?

By Charlie McCann  

The Southbank Centre have been criticised over plans to destroy a popular skate spot

I’m not a skateboarder. I tried once when I was young. It wasn’t a pretty sight. So why, then, do I care about the uncertain fate of the undercroft, that place in the underbelly of London’s Southbank Centre where skateboarders and BMXers strut their stuff? If the Southbank has its way, the undercroft will be filled with restaurants, cafes, and a performance space as part of its ambitious £120m “Festival Wing”…

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