Complaints it would spoil the view just months after the government pledged a further £25m to the project
-> The monument and education centre would be in Victoria Tower Gardens
-> Plans have faced opposition from those who say it would spoil the view
-> Opposition list reasons such as ‘atmosphere’ and pollution’ for its objection
Terri Anne-Williams – Daily Mail Aug 8, 2019
A multi-million pound Holocaust memorial outside Parliament is set to be rejected following complaints that it would spoil the view.
It comes just months after the government pledged a further £25 million to the project which was first announced in 2015 by then Prime Minister David Cameron.
The proposals include a monument and education centre in Victoria Tower Gardens which sits next to the Palace of Westminster.
But the plans have faced opposition from locals in the heritage area who say it would compromise the landscape of the site.
The ‘Save Victoria Gardens’ group was set up to highlight why the memorial should not be built there, and list reasons such as the ‘atmosphere’ on the park as well as pollution and security
This is while the Holocaust Educational Trust sent a letter to the Westminster Planning committee on Monday to pledge its support for the memorial, with chief executive Karen Pollock having said the memorial is ‘wholly appropriate’ at a time of ‘rising antisemitism across Europe’.
In a letter released this week, Westminster City Council said that at that time ‘the application was heading towards an unfavourable recommendation.’
The scheme is currently being jointly led by Ed Balls and Lord Pickles and has been backed by Theresa May, Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Mr Cameron.