A new pedestrian and cycle crossing between Nine Elms and Pimlico has been planned, being dubbed as the Nine Elms Bridge. However, it seems as though only one side of the river Thames wishes its construction.
The Labour Assembly Member Andrew Dismore expressed his concern on behalf of Pimlico regarding the construction of the Nine Elms Bridge. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, responded that he “understands that residents in the Pimlico area have concerns about the proposal and the impact it could have on the local area. No further work is being undertaken by TfL at this time and it is clear that any scheme requires support from all affected authorities.”
The Wandsworth Council is responsible for pushing forward the scheme of the new bridge, which has been rebutted by the Churchill Labour Councilors. The Councilors have been working closely with local residents of both Wandsworth and Westminster to oppose the bridge.
Efforts to reverse the project, however, have not been in vain: Councillors Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Williams were all seemingly optimistic concerning the Mayor’s recognition of Pimlico’s residents and that he further wishes to “obtain support of all authorities prior construction.”
Their outcry was due to a lack of consultation of Pimlico’s residents, and was pressed forward by the Councillors with the following statement: “We call upon Wandsworth Council to stop the current project and genuinely engage with the local community. Wandsworth could have consulted and worked with local people but from their behaviour it’s obvious they’ve never really wanted to work with communities in Pimlico, but want to force through a bridge which will have a major impact on Pimlico without even genuinely consulting them first.”
While the future of the bridge is unclear, it is evident that the consideration of the residents on either side of the Thames will be taken into account prior construction.