|40 FOOT MONSTERS|
The Candy Bruvvers and the Royal Hospital don't resonate as a marriage made in heaven.
When the Bruvvers bought the lease of Gordon House the major generals who run the Royal Hospital clearly thought their military skills would protect them and neighbours from the depredations of those wily wheeler dealers.
How very wrong they were....
Had they taken the trouble to look at the Candy’s hideous intrusion on to Hyde Park they might have been a bit more cautious allowing free rein to philistines.
But, in short order, the Bruvvers went on the offensive,
routing the Royal Hospital officers and leaving them to lick their wounds and wipe much egg off their honest, ruddy faces.And the Royal Hospital's neighbours- all staunch supporters of the Hospital-suddenly found they had a neighbour from hell.
|NEIGHBOURS FROM HELL|
But what folly for this collection of colonels and major generals to think themselves a match for these billionaires. Did they get good advisers? It seems not; so the Bruvvers, as usual, end up getting just what they want.
A resident in Embankment Gardens overlooking Gordon House tells the Dame,“we were told by Major General Currie, the Royal Hospital Governor, the sale of the house would provide much needed funding. We were very happy with that. To reassure us he showed us plans for attractive shrubs between our homes and the Gardens”.
|RIGHT UP AGAINST THE NEIGHBOURS|
True to form the Bruvvers went on manoeuvres. The beautiful, calm and understated gardens the Royal Hospital promised to protect have been devastated.
And, showing complete contempt for residents, a wall of huge 40ft conifers has been planted along the Embankment Gardens boundary....blocking out the residents’ views; their daylight and threatening their boundary walls.
One associates these hideous, fast growing trees with damp and dismal suburban cemeteries-not the beautiful park like vista of the Royal Hospital grounds.
When residents objected to the Candy’s their representative, the appropriately named Mr Savage, wrote dismissively... “our client wishes to have privacy at home and in their garden. Royal Hospital are in full support of the new planning application and the tree planning schedule".
Ironically the RH plan to cut down thirty two trees along the South Terrace boundary and replant with trees costing around £1 million to recreate the 17th cent plan. A lot to spend when the RH costs £2 million a year just to keep going.
No wonder locals were horrified! So the Royal Hospital want to cut down trees the locals want to keep and the Candy Bruvvers want to plant monsters the locals don't want!
1. Who negotiated with Candy & Candy during the sale process?
2. Who represented the Royal Hospital in these negotiations? (They did a very poor job of it)
3. Did the Royal Hospital discuss the landscaping plans with Candy & Candy in detail?
4. Did the Royal Hospital know that Candy & Candy were concerned about lack of privacy and planned to put up very tall trees (about 30 - 40 feet high) ?