Well I missed last week, can’t even remember why but here goes on what caught my eye this week.
The INTERNATIONAL story that continues to dominate our news is the migration situation. The link is to an article on facts and figures about where the migrants are coming from and where they are going. The UK has a pretty poor record of helping with the situation. The truce in Syria seems very fragile and with countries like Macedonia closing its borders and France trying to close “The Jungle” camp in Calais and relocate migrants this story is going to run and run.
This LOCAL news item shows, I think, how stupid legislation can be sometimes. It’s about the granting of listed status to a gasholder at the Oval cricket ground in London.
“The historical, architectural and technical background of the gasholder and its importance to the landscape led to it being granted protected status.”
Really? It’s obsolete and, in my opinion, an eyesore! Listed status can be a pain. There is a building not far from us that dates back centuries. It was lovely at one time but now it has fallen into total disrepair. However, because it has listed status, to restore it in accordance with the restrictions placed on it will be very costly. Consequently no one wants to take it on and it is gradually deteriorating more and more. It will probably get to the point where it will be deemed unsafe and have to be demolished.
I do understand the importance of keeping examples of our heritage, but a disused gas holder? A step too far.
All links (including images) are courtesy of the BBC website. Opinions are my own.