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Regulations seem to be blind to our artistic heritage

13 April, 2017

The back of the late Adrian Heath’s studio in Charlotte Street

Another splash of colour from Camden’s rich artistic heritage looks set to be whitewashed over by the loss of an art studio in Fitzrovia.

The building’s basement was once a haunt for David Hockney and Eduardo Paolozzi and the work created by Adrian Heath in the studio inspired many artists in London and provided a crucial link with the famous St Ives painters.

The Town Hall clearly does not think much of Adrian Heath.

Did the council’s planning committee put enough thought into its Charlotte Street decision this week? The bald regulations put forward by officials for recommending the scheme suggest that, in this case,it does not matter who lived or worked in the building.

How far to take that logic? What if it were Dickens’s home? What if it was Darwin’s house? Would that be meaningless?

We are sure that the council has faithfully followed the regulations. The trouble is that the regulations are an ass.

Case for CPS

THE family of Michael Mason, who died after a being hit by a car as he cycled home, can finally draw a line under at least part of the traumatic experience as the prosecution of the motorist involved closes.
For Mr Mason’s daughter, Anna Tatton-Brown, the private prosecution was about allowing justice to run its natural course. To her mind, and those of the 2,000 who helped fund the rare private prosecution, the Met’s investigators should have allowed Crown Prosecution Service lawyers to judge whether there was sufficient evidence to press charges. Bizarrely, the Met refused to do so.

The prolonged distress Mr Mason’s family have had to endure could have been avoided. Both Ms Tatton-Brown and Keir Starmer MP, former Director of Public Prosecutions, say police should pass all cases where people have died to the CPS.

This simple change would go at least some way to treating the staggering number of road deaths in our city with the significance they deserve.

Wenger firing squad

WE do not normally get involved in football politics, but it now seems that everyone has an opinion on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

A survey of Arsenal supporters by a fans’ trust has found 70 per cent in favour of him being fired. The survey was out before Monday’s catastrophic defeat to Crystal Palace and the 30 per cent will have since dwindled.

The future of Wenger, no doubt a man of principle, remains uncertain. But what is clear is that football has become so commercialised that it is no longer the great sport it used to be.

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