Sunday 2 October 2005 9.41pm
With the announcement of their Plan for 48-storey tower behind National Theatre
, have Coin Street
Community Builders finally sold out on everything they were established for?
CSCB emerged from a community campaign against a Richard Rogers megastructure
, which was considerably lower (22-storeys???) than what they are now proposing. And IIRC the Rogers scheme
didn't intrude into iconic views from St James's Park
And to add insult to injury, according to the Independent last month, "Coin Street
Community Builders has donated the plot of land, worth £5m" for the Rambert
Dance centre to them for FREE. Aren't they meant to be providing affordable housing in sustainable communities, not playing Lady Bountiful in arts patronage?
This is an organisation that despite being given the land by the GLC, blackmailing Lambeth into allowing them to continue to operate commercial car parking on a large swathe of the site in clear contravention of planning policies, massive income from equally dubious advertising hoardings, and bending the ear of ministers, still somehow continues to fail to find money for projects?
I'm fairly sure what I think, but I'm restraining my views on this post as I don't want this website to be dragged through the courts for defamation.