On Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:45:24 +0100, Mike Ruddock
Post by Mike Ruddock
Thanks to those who tried to grapple with my "immer" problem. It seems
we are no further forward.
Meanwhile . . . Am I the only one to be staggered about the cost of the
newly unveiled (but I doubt it actually ever had a veil) memorial to the
police? It was said to have cost £4.5 million.
To put it in context: the Angel of the North cost less than a million.
Admittedly this was put up about 35 years ago so there's inflation to
consider but the Angel is far taller than the "portal" in Staffordshire
and has a far greater wind resistance. It was built to withstand winds
of 100 mph. It is located alongside the A1, a rather busy road.
The "portal" is far smaller and has a lot of holes in it and so has less
wind resistance. It is surrounded by a paved and grassed area in a quiet
park in the National Arboretum.
How can anyone defend the cost of this memorial? Where has all that
money gone? I am not against the memorial(my Dad was a copper,though
fortunately he did not die while on duty.)
Has some (hopefully a lot) of the money gone to the police benevolent
fund? Nobody said so.
Unfortunately, I find the cost completely believable. How much does
the sculptor and their team of construction engineers work for? That
bit of the National Arboretum will never again have trees growing on
it nor be able to support a multi-storey gifte shoppe so the value of
the location will have to be compensated for. Then there will be the
committees. The commissioning committee will have lots of
sub-committees such as the metallurgical committee who will write a
report determining whether 12% or 12.5% bronze would be more
appropriate; the planning committee will want to have their say and so
on, etc etc. And all their costs will be loaded onto the cost of the
project. I'm surprised that they got away with doing it so cheaply.
If I sound a tad cynical nay, bitter even, it might be because of a
previous experience. Imagine a charity being enticed to buy a building
for - say £300K with the promise of a £400K grant to refurbish it.
Imagine then being told - after a lot of effort to force the grant
giver to actually keep their promise and come up with the cash -
"here's the £180k we promised you - we spent the rest on