London Mayor draws the line


London Mayor, Boris Johnson, used his first press conference to call for a return to the ‘sight lines’ established to protect the capital’s views.

He said the decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to list the views of the Tower of London and the palace of Westminster as endangered, was "crazy".

"As I said throughout the campaign I do want to protect the beautiful historic views of London," he said. "We are going to make sure we return the site lines as set out in 1991."

Mr Johnson was quick to reassure residents he was not against tall buildings, having previously said a number would not be built if he was elected.

"I am not viscerally hostile to beautiful tall buildings in the right place," it was reported he said. "In my view the Gherkin is a triumph."