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Will the forthcoming public inquiry into the Heron Tower get to the bottom of the mystery of the lopped trees? One of the key views of the dome of St Paul's, which English Heritage says will be affected by the KPF-designed tower, is from the terrace of Somerset House, which until recently was not publicly accessible. Now it is and, hey presto, you can see more of the dome than ever before from certain angles. Why? Because Westminster City Council has lopped trees and, apparently, felled two mature examples which previously masked the dome. On whose instruction this was done is far from clear, but one intriguing rumour doing the rounds is that the lopping was - wait for it - carried out on the instructions of an official from English Heritage.

Let us hope the author of this act of vandalism is exposed to public scrutiny. No wonder Pam Alexander left.

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