Reader’s comment: Save Bobby Moore Bridge subway tiles

PUBLISHED: 08:30 19 May 2019

Taken in 2009: The "1948 Olympic Games" section of the tile murals, just one of the murals which will be permanently hidden behind illuminated panels if the current applications are approved. Picture: PHILIP GRANT


Last year you published an article about the call, by Wembley History Society, for Brent Council and Quintain Ltd to put the tile murals on the walls of the Bobby Moore Bridge subway at Wembley Park back on public display (Times), writes Philip Grant, address supplied.

This large scale public artwork, showing scenes of historic sporting and entertainment events at Wembley Stadium and Arena, has been hidden away behind vinyl advertisements since October 2013.

Now planning applications have been made to cover over most of the murals with illuminated panels, surrounded by metal cladding, and for consent to display advertisements on those panels for the next 10 years.

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If, like me, your readers would like to stop this from happening, as many people as possible need to go to Brent's planning website and object to applications 19/1387 and 19/1474.

There are good grounds to justify objections, as both applications go against policies in Brent's Wembley Area Action Plan, which recognise the importance of Wembley Park Station as a key gateway offering a "sense of arrival" for visitors, and are meant to promote public art.

What better way for the millions of visitors passing through the subway each year, as well as local residents, to feel they are entering "the Venue of Legends" than to see colourful reminders of Wembley Park's heritage on the walls?

For anyone who wishes to find out more about the tile murals, and how to object against applications 19/1387 and 19/1474, there is an article, published May 14, on the Wembley Matters blog website

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