£5 million Thames bank plan to pull in public

Attractive walkway along north bank to open up riverside to tourists and residents alike

A £5 million scheme to turn part of the north bank of the Thames into an attractive walkway is included in a plan to turn the City of London into a popular destination for Londoners and tourists. The north bank between Temple and the Tower of London is inaccessible to the public for much of its length. To remedy this, the Corporation of London is making developers that are redeveloping riverside blocks provide a public walkway as a condition of planning permission. The corporation is also refurbishing areas next to the river and will pedestrianise White Lion Hill, a concrete flyover. Corporation of London streetscene manager Victor Callister said: “We could not remove the flyover, so we decided to use its dramatic sweep.” Landscape architect Burns & Nice will use stainless steel trellises and vivid planting, using only a single type of plant. Paul’s Walk will have stone paving, granite edging, new plants and lighting. There will be a Baroque- style garden with parterre hedges in front of Billingsgate Market. Callister said the corporation wants to encourage people to visit clubs, pubs and shops in the City. It is renovating the area around the Monument and creating an open plaza to attract visitors. He added: “In the past, the City was just about banking. Now we want to make it somewhere to come for pleasure.”

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