Thursday 25 April 2002 7.28pm
English Heritage have a long record of being completely out of touch with what local people want. As a good bench mark, if English Heritage want something, it usually means that the plans suck, and vice versa. Anyone who has ever visited Gateshead will be familiar with the truly hideous 60s concrete carpark that dominates the skyline behind the Tyne Bridge. For some bizarre reason, the lunatics at English Heritage want to protect this building (if you haven't been to gateshead, think of the the Ashenden block on New Kent Road
SE1, then multiply the ugliness factor by 100). So it doesn't surprise me that this ridiculous organisation want to put the skids on this new London tower. What is truly galling, however, is that it is yours and my taxes that pay for this arrogant quango. I thought the Labour government promised to abolish these unaccountable bodies, that serve no useful purpose? Anyway, end of rant- basically, whatever English Heritage think, locals like me think the tower would be a great addition to the skyline.