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Weekend roundup: Diamond car parks aren’t forever

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Adjaye ready to be disruptive Adjaye's 'gaffe' is very obvious, and has been picked up by a lot of people. Sadly, it reflectes his own underlying and not-confessed intention. The UKHMF's devious pretence has always been instead that the HM would only affect a very small part of the park, and that the rest would be left intact for the quiet enjoyment of the thousands of Londoners and visitors that have been using it for recreation for decades. We have of course never believed this to be possible. Ours is indeed not a NIMBY protest!! We have over 10K signatures and now 500 objections to the granting Planning permission this scheme from residents, local workers, Londoners, and many many non-Londonders, and now also Royal Parks . This park is within a World Heritage setting – it is not some remote faceless green patch (which should also be protected!). We believe London should fight to protect its unique architectural treasures, its Conservation Areas, and its hugely valued green spaces. There are also many other reasons to object to this scheme, such as extra traffic and congestion, security, not to mention the duplication with the IWM, and making best use of taxpayers’ money. Our main objective however is to stand up for the principle that one should never build in a park – EVER. The Cenotaph in Whitehall is a ‘polite, discreet construction’ that moves millions every year. We do not need ‘bling, in your face, show-biz’ architecture to get the Holocaust message across. What we do need, is a site appropriate for this type of building, and highest quality architecture - nobody is asking for this facility to be tucked away, we are asking for it to be out of a Royal Park. A large number of people from the Jewish community has signed our petition against this location. You state that one in twenty of the UK population do not believe the Holocaust took place, suggesting that a conspicuous and disrupting memorial is exactly what is required. This might well be the case. We also however need substantial investment in better educational programmes, that can reach all parts of the UK. Duplicating what the IWM already does best is not going to produce any great results. This project has not been thought through. Barbara Weiss Co-founder Save Victoria Tower Gardens Campaign

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11 February, 2019

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