THERE is no accounting for taste, I suppose.

I once spent a very entertaining afternoon in the Pompidou Centre in Paris, home to the largest museum for modern art in Europe.

I wandered round looking at huge canvases just painted blue, which apparently were masterpieces.

I’m prepared to accept that some of the pieces on display were ‘interesting’ but I just didn’t get it.

Beauty, so they say, is in the eye of the beholder.

Which brings me on to my subject – one I’ve touched on before – Time Square car park.

I have made no secret of the fact I find its appearance hideous.

I don’t like the colour scheme, I don’t like the geometric pattern and I don’t like it’s monumental scale.

I will make a couple of concessions here.

The completion of the white tile element has softened the overall appearance a little and as I’ve watched the metalwork on the rest of the Time Square site get ever bigger, maybe the car park won’t be appear to be the massive, dominant structure it is currently.

It doesn’t seem to matter which direction you approach the town centre from, the skyline is completely overshadowed by the car park.

There is one thing I think the designers did get right – the lighting. It does look pretty spectacular at night when it’s lit (and you can’t see the gold bling cladding).

Imagine my surprise when I found out my least favourite car park had made the shortlist for BBC North West Tonight’s ‘People’s Choice Building of the Decade Award’.

Really? Really though?

At the time of writing the good people of the north west hadn’t had the opportunity to vote for their favourite Cheshire and north Derbyshire building but if the car park beats the Storyhouse in Chester I will, as my gran used to say, ‘show my backside at Market Gate’.

(I would ask at this juncture you accept that was a metaphorical pledge and I will not be revealing any flesh in public.)

  •  OH what a rollercoaster ride of emotions it must have been over the past week for Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane.

Just when he might have thought things were looking up, suddenly they weren’t.

I think it’s beyond question that Commissioner Keane has not had the smoothest of rides during his tenure so far and has come in for a significant amount of criticism, mainly from Howard Murray, chairman of Cheshire Police and Crime Panel, the body that scrutinises the actions of the crime commissioner.

Regular readers of this column will be well aware of the apparent friction and sparring between Mr Keane in the red corner (literally, he’s a Labour councillor for Penketh) and Cllr Murray in the blue corner (literally, he’s a Tory councillor on Cheshire East Council).

Cllr Murray has given Commissioner Keane a rough ride.

But it seems Cllr Murray won’t be around to mither Commissioner Keane at least for a while after being asked to step down from his position as chairman of the Police and Crime Panel and Cheshire East Council’s Investigation and Disciplinary Committee (IDC).

Apparently, Cheshire East has received information which ‘raises concerns’ about the actions taken by Cllr Murray while serving on the IDC and is investigating.

But poor Mr Keane. No sooner is one problem put on the back burner, up steps another one in the shape of the gross misconduct disciplinary hearing into the actions of the currently suspended chief constable Simon Byrne.

The opening of the hearing was particularly uncomfortable for Commissioner Keane – long silences in answer to particularly probing questions about following the correct procedure from a well-briefed QC tend to be uncomfortable.

I can’t see a happy ending to this.