Tower Hamlets Watch

Fight To Save East London Landmark | October 19, 2010


Please go to this link and read the history of whats going on in Poplar East London.
2 Planning applications for demolition of the poplar employment exchange at 307 Burdett Road have already been refused by Tower Hamlets Council, now the sites owners are taking our council to the High Court.

If I remember my history correctly, and please feel free to put me right, is that this employment exchange is one of the first in the country, and actually put forward by George Lansbury himself. Maybe I’m wrong, but finding information about Poplar’s History can be quite difficult in a borough that once tried to decimate its own historical archives at Bancroft Road.

I’ve become quite despondent of late, in looking around the borough at what I perceive to be huge unrestrained developments with virtually no real oversight by our councils planning officers, this particular one is a site that definitely qualifies to be saved.

Please people wake up to whats going on in this borough, get outside talk to your neighbours, get organised and try and call for a stop to the rot in this borough. We are already one of the most densely populated boroughs in the UK, which brings with it all the social problems usually attached with over-population, unemployment, depression, suicide, alcoholism, drug-abuse and a whole host of other social problems.

Sorry I’ve gone off track, anyway back to the Poplar Employment Exchange.

Tom Ridge (as well as others in the East End Waterways Group) the man who fought so valiantly to save the Bancroft Road Library is now also fighting the destruction of what residents and English Heritages own advisors believe to be an important landmark.

“There is no doubt that the Poplar Employment Exchange has strong local value
and is an important East London landmark. If this were a Conservation Area, the
dignified neo-Georgian elevations and historic interest of Poplar Employment
Exchange would make a positive contribution to its character.” Hannah Parham,
English Heritages Adviser’s Report 1/6/2009.

The above quote was submitted as part of the case before council to provide conservation area status upon the Poplar Employment Exchange as part of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area

Trillium are now taking Tower Hamlets Council to the High Court on the 11th and 12th of November 2010 to basically quash the democratic desicion of our council to grant the Limehouse Cut Area conservation status. Just so that they can build another monstrous tower, so that more rich people can move into the area taking jobs in Canary wharf that are unobtainable by the local residents already living here.

Here is the latest Newsflash from the East End Waterways Group;

NEWSFLASH

EAST END WATERWAY GROUP
AND PATRON
JIM FITZPATRICK MP POPLAR AND LIMEHOUSE

PRESENTING OUR PETITION
TO TELEREAL TRILLIUM

140 LONDON WALL*
London EC2Z 5DN

At 11 am Monday
25 October 2010

We, the undersigned local residents and others ask Trillium (Prime) Property Group Ltd to allow the retention and adaptation of the former poplar employment exchange at 307 Burdett Road as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed local people, called THE LANSBURY CENTRE.

* on Bastion Highwalk
East Side of Museum of London
Nearest Tube St Pauls

PLEASE BE ON TIME AS WE HAVE ARRANGED FOR THE EVENT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE EAST LONDON ADVERTISER (as. Newsletter 6)

PLEASE RETURN COMPLETED PETITIONS BY POST BY 22 OCTOBER 2010 TO EAST END WATERWAY GROUP, c/o J-GO TRAINING LTD, RAILWAY ARCH 421, BURDETT ROAD LONDON E3 4AA

Heres a copy of the petition to download, download it, get as many signatures as possible and return it by this friday.


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