A year or so ago, I was encouraged to write an article about the fact that Westminster City Council were using the cover of COVID to get rid of their many surviving gaslights, which have been retained in some of the more historical parts of the borough, including the Palace of Westminster, Dean’s Yard, the Mall and the alleyways and courtyards off St. Martin’s Lane. At the time, there was a vigorous campaign to keep them and it looked as if they might back off getting rid of them. But it was only a temporary remission and the work goes on in spite of many councillors being booted out in the local elections.

So, I am re-posting the original article in the hope that the new councillors might think twice before pursuing the same policies as their predecessors.


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