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28/03/00
Leicester Square Scheme Goes Begging
- Council to tear up pedestrian plans

THE POLITICAL establishment's growing obsession with refugee beggars is likely to scupper plans for a new piazza on Leicester Square.

Westminster Council say the popular scheme to extend Leicester Square's pedestrian area beyond the Trocadero on its northern flank could encourage more "unlawful activities" - a phrase seen as bureaucratic brogue for begging.

Over the last decade, Leicester Square has become the recognised central meeting point for London's nightowls and tourists. Westminster Council's own figures say that at peak hours there are up to 10,000 people soaking up its heady atmosphere.

The snag is the crowds also soak up lung fulls of car exhaust fumes at the same time, a heavy breathing health problem that is now likely to continue due to massively overblown fears over a few beggars.




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