After the cost of the derided tourist attraction almost doubled to a “completely unacceptable” £6 million, the deputy head of the council resigned for mocking the Marble Arch
- Melvin Kaplan resigns due to “completely unacceptable” rise in the cost of marble arches
- The scenic spot suffered a catastrophic opening and was widely ridiculed by tourists
- Tourists charged £8 for poor views, and it was closed two days later
- Projects planned by the Dutch company MVRDV are managed by the Westminster Commission
The deputy leader of the Westminster Parliament resigned today because the total cost of a mocked 82-foot man-made mountain in the capital almost doubled to 6 million pounds.
Melvyn Caplan resigned because of the “completely unacceptable” increase in the cost of the marble arch, the mountain suffered a catastrophic opening and was widely ridiculed by tourists.
The project was planned by the Dutch architect MVRDV and managed by the committee to provide views of Oxford Street, Hyde Park, Mayfair and Marylebone.
But when it opened on July 26, it was slammed by tourists because some people complained that it was still under construction and the scenery was obscured by trees or nearby buildings.
It costs between £4.50 and £8 for tourists to climb the wood and scaffold mounds full of grass, shrubs and trees, and it closes only two days later.
Westminster City Council apologizes for the botched launch of the £6 million marble arch
Westminster City Council’s deputy leader Melvin Kaplan resigns due to the collapse of the mound
Reality and fantasy: The city council said that the mound is not ready and will give a refund
Westminster City Council leader Rachael Robathan (Rachael Robathan) said today that her deputy, Mr. Kaplan, has resigned immediately following the surge in costs.
She said: “The mound was opened too early, and we have already apologized for it. Obviously, the cost has risen more than expected, which is totally unacceptable.
“Our initial forecast cost was £3.3 million. Now the total cost is £6 million, covering all aspects of the project: construction, operation and final demolition.
“I regret to accept the resignation of my deputy leader, Melvyn Caplan, who led the Mound project. We also initiated a thorough internal review to understand what went wrong and ensure it Doesn’t happen again.
Mr. Kaplan is a retired IBM executive who has held a series of positions on the committee over the past three decades, including the chairman of the planning committee.
Tourists lashed out at the scenery mostly obscured by trees and surrounding buildings
The construction of London is part of a plan to increase traffic in the shopping area
The mound has now been reopened, but the City Council faces doubts about its decision to open the attraction for free during the August peak season, as this will inevitably increase the already bloated public bill.
With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the building is part of a plan to increase traffic in the shopping area.
Ms. Robatan said: “We are determined to continue working hard to restore the vitality of our city, bring back tourists and ensure that people can keep their jobs.
‘Doing nothing is never an option. So when the mound is fully reopened in September, I hope people will come and see for themselves.
“The Mound may make people happy or disagree, that’s okay, but we believe that in the end it will fulfill its original mission-to get people back to the West End and remind them why this is a world-class city.”
Marble Arch Mountain promises “outdoor experience” at a glance
The project was planned by Dutch architect MVRDV (pictured, Winy Maas, Jacob Van Rijis and Nathalie De Vries) and managed by Westminster City Council
Provide visitors with 360-degree panoramic views of scaffolding, construction sites and construction cranes
The City Council announced that the mound ticket, originally scheduled to open in January 2022, will be open for free throughout August.
Mr. Kaplan has been a member of the Little Venice district since 1990, and the Conservative Party is also the former leader of the committee.
As the complaint was still under construction, the authorities said the attraction had “dental problems.”
The committee’s Labour Party leader Adam Hagg said last week that the incident “brought shame to Westminster all over the world”.