London’s poshest mound will get a spruced up viewing area, if Royal Parks win approval from Camden Council. The plans call for major changes to the summit of Primrose Hill, a vantage point beloved of tourists, druids, and A-list celebs (including a pair of Milibands) from the neighbouring streets.
Royal Parks, who maintain the open space, want to ‘lay down golden gravel, York stone edging carved with a representation of the view, and to replace the two traditional benches with four backless ones’. Currently, the hill is crowned with a simple tarmac viewing area, an out-of-date landmark plaque, and lots of warn-down grass.
While a spring clean might be timely, not everyone welcomes change (of course). The Friends of Regents Park and Primrose Hill ‘don’t like it’, pointing out that the view is changing rapidly (Shard, Pinnacle, Cheesegrater…) and a stone representation will soon date. Further objections come from the family of Peter Stevens, whose memorial on an existing bench would have to be moved. The various objections amount to ‘anger’ according to the Standard.
Primrose Hill is becoming an unlikely hotbed of protest and objection. Local residents are also keeping a close eye on the proposed High Speed 2 rail route, which would pass beneath the locale.