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History and background
Twenty years ago the South Bank area of London was bleak, unattractive, had few shops and restaurants, had a dying residential community and a weak local economy. Local residents mounted an extraordinary campaign leading to the purchase of 13 acres of derelict land, since developed into a thriving neighbourhood. Millions of people enjoy the South Bank riverside walkway, the green spaces of Bernie Spain Gardens, and the design shops, galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars at Oxo Tower Wharf and Gabriel's Wharf. An extensive community leisure programme is also run from Coin Street neighbourhood centre and Colombo Street community and sports centre.
A large bend in the River Thames places the South Bank area in the heart of London, midway between the City and the West End.
In 1977, after a developer announced plans to build on the Coin Street sites, the Coin Street Action Group began seven years of campaigning.
CSCB was set up following the campaign, with long terms aims to make the area a better one in which to live, to work, and to visit.
Coin Street organised the demolition of derelict buildings, completion of the South Bank riverside walkway and laying out a new riverside park.