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Letter: Monument monster is colossal vanity that will disfigure column; VOICE OF THE NORTH.


I WONDER if those funding the hotel room to be erected on top of Grey's Monument in Newcastle will be willing to divulge the costs.

My understanding is that it is about pounds 300,000, or pounds 10,000 per night for the 28 days it will be open.

This "art work" is a colossal vanity and of no merit whatsoever, in my opinion. What relevance does it have to the structure it will disfigure for over a month?

Grey's Monument was erected by the citizens of Newcastle to celebrate the role of Earl Grey in the Great Reform Act of 1832. It is a listed building and one of the most photographed sites in Newcastle, and is about to be hidden by this monstrous work.

Can those instigating this please share with the public, in these columns, the relevance of it, the benefits it brings to the city, confirm and justify the cost, the sources of the funding and how they will evaluate its success? Can I suggest that at the very least, members of the public are asked for their views and the results published.

And what about the bamboo bridge over the Tyne, another temporary "work of art"? Can those funding this also reveal and justify its cost, and the disfiguring of the famous views of the Tyne bridges.

If this goes ahead, visitors to our city will think we are mad!

DAVID ROCHESTER, Fenham, Newcastle
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Column
Date:Jun 26, 2008
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