Covent Garden was the turning point away from the famously reckless bulldozing of the town planners, and towards taking guidance from the not so bewildered herd – we the people.
When Londoners get angry enough to act – things happen. So yes they saved Covent Garden.
This left the way open for people like Ray Green to go one step further in preserving a corner of the Piazza for the people by saving the Jubilee Hall.
With protest and entertainment – the message spread wide.
Years of song and dance finally won the day and has made profit whipped planners more caring – or at least more careful. However keep watching they still make ‘oops’ mistakes.
The debacle of the 1745 Middlesex Hospital is a case in point. It was destroyed wantonly in 2008 – save the chapel which stands in the middle of the vast building site. What was it destroyed FOR? Dunno yet – there are no plans !! (could we the peeps have a say again – anyone?)
The Beeb broadcast the documentary that’s worth a watch. Good information, superb editing, British humour – the lot. The programme was aired on the 14th of September and November announced available until 20th – Well that’s one missed programme – we have made enquiries if it available on DVD to buy.