A contributor to the Where’s My Boozer Gone Facebook page has brought to our attention two fightbacks against pub closures. Although they are not in East London it does show that people power can resist the developers.
This one is in West London.
Pub must be rebuilt brick by brick, orders council, after developers tore it down to build flats
Council chiefs will next week issue an unprecedented enforcement notice to the firm that owns the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale requiring it to “recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition”.
The owners, Tel Aviv-based developers CLTX Ltd, ordered bulldozers in to reduce the early 1920s building to rubble earlier this month after staff were told to stay at home for an inventory.
Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster council, said he was “absolutely horrified” at the “scandalous” destruction.
The enforcement notice is scheduled to be approved by the council’s planning committee next Tuesday. That will stop the owners from selling the site until the building has been restored.
It is thought this is the first instance of a local council ordering a building be reconstructed from the ground up.