FROM PLOD TO FILTH
Covent Garden, one of the most illustrious
pieces of real estate anywhere, holds some surprises. As you
take in the ancient atmosphere, the buzz & culture it's a shock
to see a famous building filthy and run down. It's the only
police station in Britain with white lights instead of blue. Why?
because Queen Victoria preferred white across the street to the Royal
Opera House - one of our most famous buildings.
It's an insult to tourists and visitors. The title of
this piece is no slur on the bobbies but the state of the building
speaks ill of the MPA and the Mayor. Is the public image of
our famous policemen now only fit for a museum?
Covent Garden's "Plod" in the '60s
The building has been empty for about 4 years and
abandoned for nearly 2 of them while the MPA who have many
other buildings to dispose of, work out how to make some money to
supplement their 2 billion annual budget. All their bean
counters could come up with was - guess what - a museum
where you pay entrance fees to see old
Paying our coppers more and having more of them...now
that's a GOOD idea. As it is, the MPA will spend over 3 years building
& refurbishing just to relieve tourists and visitors of more of
their money. They estimate about 500 people on a busy day, will pay to
wander amongst redundant paraphanalia or buy tourist trinkets.
I started to do the math. How much % of how many
tourists will be fascinated with policing - over how long to repay the
cost of fancy architects, builders, decorators and ..how many millions
are we looking at here? We'll need a lot of interest to pay the
interest on the loans. They will need a big loan (who's the lucky
lender?)- after all the MPA are busy selling off police homes
especially the ones used for family accommodation.'because they would
cost too much to clean up'(especially in Kensington;-) Why not convert
Charlie Bravo (It's code name) into some flats for aprés
Meantime just how much WOULD it cost to clean up the
building - or at least for the sake of our public image (Westminster
Council perhaps?) clean the windows!!
Surely temporary housing for the homeless would not have been too hard
Hard to believe a dome idea like this can slip through
were people having a say.
Next about beggars... the 'homeless'.