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Select committee: time to sort out 'squalid' South Bank

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South Bank chairman Lord Hollick has been cheered by the Culture, Media and Sport select committee declaring that public money should be channelled into the 'squalid, seedy and menacing' complex and that its 'limping along' should stop.

The committee said decisive action was needed to 'prevent this saga of failed plans and masterplans 'limping along any further', and it was unacceptable that artistic events of the highest quality, exceeding all international counterparts, should be condemned to take place in such an environment.'

Lord Hollick welcomed the 'very positive support', including the committee's desire for the South Bank to share in the 'renaissance' of public arts buildings benefiting from the Lottery.

The South Bank now has planning permission for the £54 million refurbishment of the Royal Festival Hall by Allies and Morrison.

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