As Jubilee fever gripped the country and Buckingham Palace became the focus for the world of popular entertainment, Sir Terry Farrell could be forgiven for a wry smile as the crowds filled the temporary stands surrounding the Victoria Memorial outside the palace. The stands bore an uncanny similarity to Farrell's own proposals for a more permanent arrangement, which were unveiled in a provocative documentary on the modernisation of the House (and Houses) of Windsor, on Channel 4 just after Christmas. Farrell's point, that the contemporary monarchy should not be closeted behind the walls and fences that have traditionally surrounded royal residences, is surely a sound one.
His long campaign for more open routes around Buckingham Palace, and connecting the various royal parks with pedestrian-friendly links, is still a great masterplan for improving London's public spaces.
Consonant with security, it is time for the authorities to give these ideas a serious look.