Anger as passers-by turn bike memorial to one of Britain's leading architectural experts into rubbish bin

Passers-by have been using a memorial to one of Britain’s leading architectural experts as a rubbish bin.

Francis Golding suffered severe brain injuries when he was hit by a left-turning coach at a notorious junction in Holborn in November 2013.

Mr Golding was head of the Royal Fine Art Commission during the late 1990s and worked on major projects in the City.

A white bicycle was left chained to a post in tribute to the 69-year-old near where he was struck, at the junction of Vernon Place and Southampton Row.

But a photo posted on social media by Alhouseein Fadiga shows the basket of the bike, which was owned by Mr Golding, piled high with litter.

Mr Fadiga blamed the issue on tourists who are unaware of why the bike has been left there, with the British Museum and other attractions close by.

He wrote in a tweet that passers-by must think it is “an abandoned bicycle”.

Dangerous: the junction in the aftermath of the incident which killed Francis Golding (Picture: Nigel Howard)

Mr Fadiga told the Standard: “It’s simply because of the lack of sufficient bins in the streets of London.

“We understand it’s for security reasons, but this is a tourist area with the British museum just few steps away.

“They don’t know why this old bike is there for and even regular Londoners don’t know.”

Mr Golding, a Cambridge graduate who lived in Islington, had been a career civil servant before being appointed Secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission in 1995.

He was also chief executive of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Friends described him as an experienced cyclist.

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *