Tate Modern

Residents lose privacy appeal against Tate Modern

Tate Modern

Residents of flats overlooked by the Tate Modern have lost the latest round of their legal battle with the gallery at the Court of Appeal.

The owners of four flats in the Neo Bankside development on London's South Bank took legal action in a bid to stop "hundreds of thousands of visitors" looking into their homes from the Tate's viewing platform.

They applied for an injunction requiring the gallery to prevent members of the public observing their flats by "cordoning off" parts of the platform or "erecting screening", to stop what they said was a "relentless" invasion of their privacy.

But the board of trustees of the Tate Gallery argued that the platform provides "a unique, free, 360-degree view of London" and said the claimants could simply "draw the blinds".

Announcing the court's decision, Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton said: "The court has dismissed the appeal on the basis that overlooking does not fall within the tort of nuisance."

The judge added that the flat owners' application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court had been refused.

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Project launched to increase cup recycling

Cup installation
Cup Fund

If you walk along the river at Bankside, close to the Tate Modern today, you might be wondering what this art installation is about.

Installed by the Cup Fund, it comprises of 5,555 paper cups - the number used every minute in the UK. The number of black cups featured - 222 - represent how many are currently recycled. It works out at just 4%.

Paid for by Starbucks' 5p cup levy, the fund has installed five new recycling programmes in London which aim to recycle 4 million more cups a year.

All cups collected will be recycled into new paper bags and greeting cards which will be manufactured locally to reduce travel emissions.

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Image: Henri Matisse (1869 -1964), The Parakeet and the Mermaid 1952
Stedelijk Museum. Digital image:© Stedelijk. Artwork:© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014