Bad week for:
Skye, which has become overrun by tourists. The remote Scottish island has seen a huge increase in visitors since it featured in pop videos by Harry Styles and Kanye West, and in the film of The BFG. Hotels are so booked up that some visitors have taken to sleeping in cars; cruise ships are disgorging up to 2,000 passengers onto the island at a time; the roads are blocked with camper vans; and there are constant queues for public lavatories.
The Garden Bridge, which has been officially scrapped. Plans to build the tree-covered bridge across the River Thames were approved by former mayor Boris Johnson, but failed to win the support of his successor Sadiq Khan. An estimated £46.4m of taxpayers’ money has already been spent on the project.
Big Ben, which may fall silent for four years. Restoration of the clock tower is due to start next week, and the loud “bongs” are considered a threat to the hearing of workers. But senior politicians, including Theresa May, have called for a rethink.