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U2 studio ''not worth saving''

Posted on Tuesday, January 29 @ 13:06:31 CET by Macphisto

(Irish Abroad) -- The Dublin Docklands Development Authority says U2's Dublin recording studios are not worth retaining and have to be demolished to make way for a public walkway.

Their architects told a Bord Pleanala hearing in Dublin's Gresham Hotel today that the building must go, but the home of multi-millionaire Harry Crosbie can stay.

The DDDA wants to knock down 10 buildings that line the waterway at Hanover Quay.

They want to build a public walkway and say the buildings are of less importance than creating public access for the area.

However, in the middle of the proposed walkway, the house of Mr Crosbie is being allowed to stay - meaning the walkway will not be continuous after all.

The DDDA did not explain how they would get around this obstacle, except to say that something special will have to be done.

Meanwhile, Harry Crosbie who was present at the hearing, said people who have been in the Dublin Docklands for many years deserve a little compromise.

He told reporters: "I think the authority is doing a wonderful job, but the human element cannot be forgotten.

"The character of the docks largely comes from people like me and, on a world scale, the U2 guys." More than 2,000 fans have signed an Internet petition, in several languages, to save the recording studio.

One fan said: "I certainly believe that the Hanover Studios are as important as Sun Studios or Abbey Road."

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