Queens Market in east London has been saved from the wrecking ball. The 110 year old market in Upton Park was under threat of being demolished and replaced with yet another tower block until yesterday, when planning permission was vetoed by Boris Johnson.
Local pressure group Friends of Queens Market are delighted with the decision which comes after a five-year campaign closely followed by The Guardian’s London blogger Dave Hill. The ethnically-diverse market is one of many east London sites which face the mixed blessing of urban regeneration.
The mayor is proving inconsistent in his approach to high-rise buildings. After initial pre-election promises to curb skyscrapers in the name of preserving London’s historic views, he made an unwelcome U-turn last year on the Waterloo project nicknamed ‘The Three Ugly Sisters’.
There’s still a few high-rises slipping through, some of them more than once.