A letter from this week’s ‘West End Extra’
WESTMINSTER Council is grabbing headlines about the brave new Marylebone library it plans to build on Luxborough Street.
Rarely mentioned, however, is that the library will be largely buried underground so that luxury flats can be built above.
The proposed building will create a gloomy canyon in one of Marylebone’s narrowest streets.
And what of the play space on which the city council intends to build the flats, the space where young people can kick a ball in safety because it is on the street and highly visible?
Council has ignored an 800-strong petition from residents urging that the play space be saved.
It proposes to squeeze a play area into a back corner of Luxborough Tower’s car park. Behind the canyon a lurking pocket.
Marylebone residents have a chance to express their dismay with the council’s hasty and ill-judged decisions at the by-election due on May 2.
Promoted by Paul Dimoldenberg of 44 Manor House, Marylebone Road, NW1 on behalf of Nik Slingsby of 1 Harrowby Court, Harrowby Street, W1