A rescue plan for public spaces and streets in London's Bankside around Borough Market has been launched by English Heritage. However, no authority has yet volunteered to implement the report.

Described by EH chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens as "one of the oldest gateways to London", Borough is threatened by large-scale new developments, including the proposed Thameslink 2000 railway viaduct and the £200m London Bridge Station redevelopment.

Entitled The Borough at London Bridge and drawn up by urban designer Kim Wilkie Associates, the report sets out to encourage pedestrians, open up views and improve crossings at major roads.

The report's suggestion that the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment should act as "neutral referee" to "guide an overall vision for the area" was rejected as premature for the new organisation.