At last, the £6 million Marble Arch Mound is coming down!
The Mound will not be completely gone for months, but this is a good time to reflect on the Conservatives’ 10 key failures:
- It cost a staggering £6million – triple the £2million set aside for the project
- The Council’s Deputy Leader resigned following the massive budget overspend
- Reviews for the 82ft mound of scaffolding were so bad that the Council was forced to scrap the £8 entrance fee out of embarrassment.
- The Mound was branded the ‘London’s worst tourist attraction’ and a ‘waste of money’ following six months of mockery and ridicule, making Westminster an “international laughing-stock”.
- Much of the view into neighbouring Hyde Park was obstructed by trees.
- The Westminster Council official in charge of the Mound fiasco was paid more than the authority’s Chief Executive with a £220,000 salary, making him the authority’s highest-paid employee.
- Marble Arch Mound was visited 250,000 times – less than half a day’s footfall on Oxford Street and therefore making a miniscule contribution to the local economy
- It cost the Council £150,000 a month to keep the Mound open, after it refused to listen to Labour’s calls to ‘put the Mound out of its misery’ and pull it down.
- In October 2021, a Council internal investigation of the Mound project described the soaring costs of the scheme as “devastating” and “avoidable”.
- The report by the Council’s Chief Executive said there were “clear and repeated warnings” about the project being overbudget.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Labour City Management Spokesperson, said:
“The Marble Arch Mound is due to be finally demolished in late April. A fitting memorial for this spectacular Conservative financial disaster would be for Boris Johnson’s party to lose control of Westminster Council in May – and be replaced by a Labour Council pledged to put residents’ services first and stop the current financial waste.”