Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Lloyd Webber Wobble over the Missing Cobbles; Piping Up: Thames Water Chief Executive David Owens and Andrew Lloyd Webber

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Lloyd Webber Wobble over the Missing Cobbles; Piping Up: Thames Water Chief Executive David Owens and Andrew Lloyd Webber

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DOES the absurdity of endless roadworks know no bounds? Thames Water has upset the residents of Covent Garden and theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber by digging up the newly cobbled area of Monmouth Street and then forgetting to retain the cobbles.

This leaves the company in the ridiculous position of having to order a whole new batch of cobbles from China.

In a letter to Thames Water's chief executive, David Owens, Lord Lloyd- Webber explains: "Last year, Monmouth Street was repaved and cobbled over a considerable period of time but with pleasing results. Over the last few weeks we have had to endure the whole street being dug up again for your water works.

"What is galling is that Thames Water have not reinstated the street as it was.

There are now Tarmac scars where there was the new cobble work.

"As the owner of seven major theatres in the West End, it is my duty to look after this important area of London.

It is yours, also," he thunders. …

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