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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 40 THE iriHBRIDGC HERALD Worlncicloy, May 17, Indecision, rules supreme in Lojidou Piccadilly's friends are preparing for still another war Bv MA11KS London (Hisrrver Service LO.NWV Thf1 pliui to rebuild Circus, once Ihc lie.'irl uf an Empire, still the symbolic cen- tre ol the metropolis, is Ihr sixth In years 'according In the Architects' Journal, which has been keeping and it has been received with pretty much Ihe same1 rni.xliiro of .sor- row and derision as the previ- ous five. You cannot please everybody, of course. Rut the trouble is that most people arc 'jonlused about whether I hey wani (ho Circii5 to be an t.'ffid'.'nl iinic1- tion of or a plficc lo loiter in. Tlie planners, hovering maternally over their toy skyscrapers and their press-, hutinn. t.lirw-riimen.sional worh-1 inp mrxloK now on public hibilinn. may hp feeling that, the very nmci-pl of Hit: city has become iinplannable Cor the liniL1 being, especially one with .such an accretion of tradition and sentiment as Pic- cadilly Circus. 1 The Circus stands at the June- j Lion of Piccadilly and Kepent Sired, holh part of the End shopping area, and Fluftcnbury and the part of the thea- tre and cinema district. Pica- i dilly itself cols it unusual namo i from Ihc pickaclils. a 17th cen-1 tury stiff collar, once made and sold there. Not that the Circus Is any. thinp to be proud of now. In- tended as the hub of John! Unvnseapc parade, linking tun royal ivs- lalps (St. James's Park and Re- gent's Park i. il was the only bit of that early Ullh-ci'iUury comprehensive develop in c n t never carried onl as George IV'.s architect designed il Years of indecision have af- flicted it with a rash of honky- tonk establishments ham- burger joinl.s, a strip club, a pin-table saloon fronting I ho decayed office blocks al its east end and creeping westwards to- wards the Victorian rococco of the Criterion Theatre f con- demned by Ihe new plan amid wailing from I lie conservation- ists! and ihe imperial prandeur nf the buildings leading on to IJccenL Street and Piccadilly it- self. i "UlUc more than a down-at- lied, ncon-HL was bow it was described by Ihe chair- man of Westminster City Coun- cil's planning committee when he introduced the new propos- als. This sccdincss, however, at- tracts not only a floating sum- mcrtime populrtion of y o u n g j tourists, students and hippies, who camp out on the traffic is- land around the statue of Eros at its centre, but many more fastidious citizens who find even its present degeneration prefer- able to the concrete megaliths of the property developers that threaten to replace it. It has evolved piecemeal since Nash's day and is not a circus in the architectural sense at all, but a strange irregular [shape which Sir Alfred again as the existing Circus. who designed the famous sin-j According to the axiom that Inc. once identified as "a dis- j urban traffic increases to torled isochromal triangle an Hie road-f-pace available I i impossible site upon which lo place any outcome of Ihe human I brain, except possibly an under- ground lavatory." The planners have coped with this "horrible shape" by rcpo- j sitioning Eros at the east end of Ihc Circus, surrounding it by an arc of new offices and hotels, and separating traffic and ped- fill it, whose truth has been demon- strated in almost every major city in the world, this is likely to worsen rather than improve the present congestion, Thirdly, tiie character and scale of the new blocks seems inimical to the traditional ap- peal of an international land- mark. Professor Sir Colin estrians by a system of decks Buchanan, one of Britain's lead- above the road. There have been three main j criticisms of the plan. I ing theorists of lown planning, remarked in his report lo workers on the site will add only seven per cent to the load on the roads and the public transport system; that most of (he extra road capacity the plan creates will suck traffic away from Ihe surrounding congested areas, leaving them freer for shoppers and strollers; that there will be nearly four times as much space for pedestrians to circulate in as at present; and that the plan will "rejuve- nate" the Circus. SURVIVAL AT STAKE? The Battle of Piccadilly Cir- cus looks like being prolonged Whitehall on Ihc first plan, in and [airly bloody. What may be First, in order to attract the j 1953: "Piccadilly attracts peo-j at stake is not merely the future j S240 million of private capital needed for the development the government has had lo agree lo allow the amount of office space on Ihe site to he almost Your barbecue headquarters. 24" motorized BBQ Foronly 22.98 B at these CTCat features: made of heavy-duty steel chromed 6-position swing-out spit "rill height adjusts Black bowl with reinforced rim 9 Tangerine enameled hood motorized 19" Kettle Barbecue 31.98 Boksd en enamel finish for long wear. -All sfeej con- struction, adjustable draft. Rustproof. Two vents for heat conlrol. Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes Tha best charcoal briauelles. Light, easier and last longer. For your barbeque this summer, why not get the best. 10 Ib. bag 1.09 20 Ib. bag 2.18 Low priced kettle BBQ 20.98 drafl con- trol; all-steel construction- Baked on enamel finish; bowl. What i is your BBQ choice? 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Telnphonn 320-9331. pie from the ends of the earth j of a national symbol, but the and it comprehensive [survival of a whole theory of as it is, development is to lake plate llicn it should be to a .standard thai really justifies a journey doubled, after tough bargaining from the ends of the earth." with the developers (The last I Plan, in fizzled out bo- cause they had not been al- lowed enough office space make it a worthwhile invcsl- i jment.) Even the Financial1 Times has described it as office-developer's dream." This j seems lo contradict the ment's policy of encouraging the removal of offices out of central London to reduce the burden on the roads and the public transport system. i Secondly, the already ex- tremely busy road junction j now to be separated from the pedestrian walkways, will be able to carry half as much traf- Pensioners get less than S100 OTTAWA fCPl More than 13.000 of 42.G73 retired public servants receive pensions of less than S100 a monlh, Trea- sury Board President C. M. Drury said In a return tabled in the Commons. Ho said more than ol widows of public ser- vants or retired public servants receive less than SIOO. Mr. Drury said 325 retired public servants receive Ics? than a month and 530 re- ceive less than S30 a month. A total of 836 widows received less than S20. For their pail, the planners (own planning, postulated by Professor Buchanan nearly a decade ago and still dominant. He believes that by segregat- ing through traffic in a network of major arteries you can free "environmental areas" In the areas in between from the dep- redations nf continuous heavy traffic. The theory falls down when, as in Regent Street, Pic- cadilly and other streets leading on to the Circus, the major arteries are themselves valued "environmental areas." In other words, turning Pic- cadilly Circus into a concrete jungle and Regent Street into.a freeway may be too high a price lo pay for redevelopment. The alternative, of course, is lo eliminate many kinds of road traffic Irom the centres ot cities altogether. In Britain, as elsewhere, this is often spoken of as ultimately inevitable, but in the short term politically un- acceptable (o an electorate of motorists. The Piccadilly bat- tle, which will culminate in a public inquiry, may bring thai long-term prospect appreciably TUG-A-LUG Sleel lua Hecate Prince developed a leak at Burrard Shipyard in Van- couver and went down Iwo fathoms. The 70-foot Northland Navigation vessel Wat pumped out and refloated at high tide and will go to drydock for repairs. Till today, a lot of guys were delighted to pay for this rain resistant, perma-prest golf jacket. They knew a terrific deal when they saw it, Now at it'll be as popular as a hole-in-one. SIMPSONS-SEARS Sale Tailored to a toe in a hardy blend of 65% polyester, 35% canon poplin. Lightweight as a summer breozc. Slays wrinkle-tree even alter vou'vescrunch- ed it up lo store away in your golf bag pocket. And if you net trapped in a summer downpour on the seventh hole, it'll sayn the clay 'cnusr: it's completely rain repellant. Sues 36 to46 inadash- ing choice of beige, blue, navyorpewtpr. TAHS Q QQ ily (losls "So More a I. 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