London Fire Brigade Museum appears to be used by LFB & U+I as a promotional tool for their £450m commercial redevelopment of 8 Albert Embankment. We question the ethics of directing museum visitors in this way.
People visiting the temporary museum have the option of reading the planning portal 638 documents (on a stall in reception) or a short 2 sides of A4 flyer that gives only positives, encouraging the reader to support the entire redevelopment, not just the museum – leading to comments like:
‘I would like to add my wholehearted support to this planning application. I have taken my grandson there several times and i feel that as he gets older and can understand History of the Fire Service he will enjoy it even more.’
The comment card comes ready ticked with the statement ‘I support this planning application’.
This is not open consultation of the public and consolidates the view of local community groups that the so called community consultation for this development was a sham – that there was never any intention to involve local people in the design, but instead to push through a massive capital generating over development of the site with scant regard to local impacts.
The inclusion of the Fire Brigade Museum is not the issue!