Public appeal to help secure the future of the demolished Carlton Tavern pub in Kilburn
PUBLISHED: 16:15 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:19 05 June 2015
A councillor is appealing to the public to help secure the future of a Kilburn pub that was demolished by its owners without permission.
Developers CLTX knocked the Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale, to the ground in April after they were refused permission to develop the site.
Two weeks later, CLTX appealed against the decision by Westminster Council and has asked that it be dealt with in private, by written representation.
Cllr Jan Prendergast, Conservative councillor for Maida Vale, said: “I’m asking residents, if they still feel as strongly about what happened to write a letter asking for a public inquiry.
“I’m so angry having watched them do it. It was disgusting and shocking.”
She added: “If the appeal is done by written representation I’m anxious this will fly under the radar and less will be made of it as things have quietened down a bit since the initial shock.
“The council totally disagrees and is asking that the appeal is heard by a public inquiry. That way people can go along and listen to the public inquiry, which is exactly what’s needed.”
Last month the company was ordered by the council to rebuild the pub “brick by brick” after taking diggers to the historic pub, which was due to be given a Grade II listing by Historic England before it was demolished.
Outraged residents formed a group called ‘Rebuild the Carlton Tavern and have launched a campaign on social networking site Facebook.
They said: “We the community would like to ensure their appeal is in a way of public inquiry and to be heard by the Secretary of State. In order to do that we need you to email or write a letter stating your request and how the demolition of Carlton Tavern has affected you and your community and why we feel it is in public interest.
“Only that will enable and allow the council planning inspectors to have the case heard in public in a way of Public Inquiry and to be heard by the Secretary of State.
“It is us who can make the difference here and our request needs to happen in public. The national importance of this issue is important too.”
Cllr Pendergast suggests sending emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Written requests can be sent to: Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN