London Lite Friday, 21 August 2009 11 extravagant project slammed after plants dry out 100,000 living wall thats died A COUNCIL was today accused of wasting 100,000 of taxpay- ers money after an award- winning living wall died. The 30ft-high structure was praised as pioneering when unveiled in Paradise Park, Holloway. But critics are accus- ing Islington council of fritter- ing away public money on a green extravagance using untested technology. The wall was built four years ago with more than 30 different plants, including strawberries, thyme and flowering shrubs, attached to it by steel mesh. A recycled watering system was meant to spread moisture through the wall along tiny pipes. But this failed and the once lush, green wall, designed by architect Deborah Saunt, is now brown and almost com- pletely lifeless. Tim Newark, of Islington Taxpayers Alliance, said: The architects should have worked out all the problems before it was installed. A council spokesman said: It seems this could be down to its design and we are looking at the best way to restore it. by georgina littlejohn Iwasagoodparent,boastsBabyPstepdad Drinktonight ...aftertheAshes The fenTimAn Arms If youre a member of Surrey Cricket Club, or the kind of chap (or chapess) who likes a serene days cricket, then The fentiman Arms is a slightly quieter establishment in which to enjoy a post-match tipple. Discuss the ups and downs of todays Ashes action with a glass of Aussie McHenry Hohnen 1998 sauvignon (4.80). 64 Fentiman Road, SW8 (020 7793 9796) chris Beanland read1,ooosofpubandrestaurant reviewsandbookonlineat The GreyhounD ITS the final Ashes game of whats been an incredible series. So whether youve been supporting Australia or england at The oval today, celebrate one of crickets greatest events with a drink at The Greyhound, which is just beyond the boundary at The oval and geared up for sports fans with TVs too. A pint of real ale here is between 2.90 and 3.30. 336 Kennington Park Road, SE11 (020 7735 2594) Browner shade of green: the once verdant wall in Holloway is now decaying Tortured to death: Baby Peter BABY Ps stepfather has boasted about how he doted on the 17-month-old boy, adding that he was a caring parent. Nazi-worshipper Steven Barker, 33 -- serving 12 years for causing or allowing Baby Peter Connellys death -- told in his Belmarsh prison cell how he was a loving father figure to the children of Tracey Connelly, saying he tucked them in at night, made them sandwiches for school and tenderly brushed their hair in the mornings. He aims to appeal against his sentence. Before after index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html