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Rich Mix will lose its 'eye' on London skyline

PUBLISHED: 20:12 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE furore surrounding Tower Hamlets Council and Mayor of London's decision to approve the 25-storey block at the top of Brick Lane has almost hidden that part of this deal which involves a £2 million 'planning gain' for Bethnal Green's Rich Mix arts centre. Ironic that the new building will cost Rich Mix its stunning views over London

Dear Editor,

THE furore surrounding Tower Hamlets' Council and the Mayor of London's decision to approve the 25-storey block at the top of Brick Lane has almost hidden that part of this deal which involves a £2 million 'planning gain' for Bethnal Green's Rich Mix arts centre.

This is the same failing arts project, also known as a three-screen cinema and a nice café, that has already cost £26m in public money over the last eight years, one of London Mayor Livingstone's so-called 'flagship cultural projects' which was at the centre of recent allegations by the London Assembly of inept financial management.

Perhaps our former MP Oona King, Tower Hamlets council leader Denise Jones or former council leader Michael Keith, who are all Rich Mix trustees, could come clean on what seems another twist to this rather sordid story.

It is ironic that one of Rich Mix's few assets is its stunning views over London.

These will now largely disappear... thanks to Labour's approval of a huge skyscraper opposite!

John Griffiths

Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats

Old Ford-road, Bethnal Green


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