He was one of the campaigners fighting to save the Odeon, High Street Kensington, from greedy vandals.
You can read more about Guy HERE
Mr. Moylan would do well to learn about good taste from a master!
I have thought long and hard about this and I do not think that the site should be sold.
Likewise, I don't think that the borough should be split up, despite its mismanagement in recent years ( but more about that later..... )
Firstly, the library and underground parking should be retained ( the latter supporting the former ).
Second, the council should retain a freehold ( say 120 years ) and then work up a scheme for a 50:50 private/ social ( key worker ) mix in an appropriate architectural language
(complimenting and not fighting with the buildings opposite) and built ON TOP of the car park.
I calculate there could be 240 units on the site planned around a central square / green space and creating a truly mixed community.
The existing council buildings are a monument to Nicholas Freeman's arrogance after he demolished the 19th C Town Hall overnight knowing that it would be listed.
These are brutal and hideously ugly buildings with Orwellian interiors and should be cleared away.
The council chamber, in particular, is like something out of 1984 or Animal Farm, with the names of previous councillors in jumbo text with a jumbo scale council coat of arms!
One of the supporting animals is, appropriately, a pig - (well a wild boar - but you get the sentiment! )
|Vandalised by Ritblat|
Let's clear away all of that negative energy.
The council should acquire the cinema site ( where the façade and marble staircases are still intact ) and build a new mixed use arts facility with cinemas, a large auditorium and a studio theatre which would double up as a conference hall and a council chamber.
This could also house Opera Holland Park.
It would form an amazing ARTS HUB with the new design museum and become a big economic driver for our flagging High Street.
Finally, we could give over a lease so a developer could fully and sympathetically restore Holland House and use it as a boutique hotel at the centre of our glorious park.
I could get the investors and support to do that - sound like a good set of ideas ???
Let's improve our borough for everyone, not sell it off for yet more empty luxury flats
I want something better for ALL of our community and for OUR Borough and will work to make that happen.....
Let's do something positive with what we have instead of selling the family silver ( again ) dearest Dame.
Yours sincerely ( Very )