TfL have submitted their planning application to demolish Vauxhall's iconic bus station, after Lambeth's Labour-run council backed the plans. The application will now go to Lambeth’s planning committee for approval.
The Liberal Democrats have a long history of opposition to the plans to demolish the bus station.
In January 2014, then Liberal Democrat Councillor for Oval Ward Ishbel Brown tabled a motion to the council calling for a meaningful consultation on the plans, including the option to retain the bus station. Labour voted against that motion.
We believe the plans represent a giant waste of public money. The current bus station is barely 10 years old and cost £4.5million to build! The demolition and 'remodelling' is estimated to cost £75million!
Plans for a replacement will leave bus users worse off but TfL and the council ignored the concerns of residents during the consultation process.
But one group that will welcome the news is Vauxhall's property developers. The removal of the bus station will see more land handed over to private developers and bigger towers on the Vauxhall Island site. As if there were not enough tall towers in Vauxhall already!
Developers needs ahead of residents needs - Lambeth Labour has their priorities wrong.
Make your comments on the planning application here.