Demolished Kilburn pub campaigners back out on the streets

Campaigners for Rebuild the Carlton Tavern Farhan Samanani, John Simmance, John Howard and Melvin Wi

Campaigners for Rebuild the Carlton Tavern Farhan Samanani, John Simmance, John Howard and Melvin Williams back on the streets following national interest Pic credit: Adam Thomas - Credit: Archant

Campaigners for a demolished pub in Kilburn were back out with defiant placards as national interest intensifies in their cause.

The pub before it was demolished (Pic credit: Flickr/Ewan Munro)

The pub before it was demolished (Pic credit: Flickr/Ewan Munro) - Credit: Archant

Rebuild the Carlton Tavern (RTCT) campaigners were back in front of the wrecked pub in Carlton Vale following a request from ITV news.

Polly Robertson, a spokeswoman for RTCT, said: “They called me saying they wanted to do a little piece on the update. We must keep the cause alive, using every opportunity we can so the story doesn’t go away.

“There is national interest in what’s happening here because the same thing is happening to a lot of pubs now.”

Supporters for the much loved Victorian watering hole won a double victory last week after owners CLTX lost their bid to have their two appeals heard in private.


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A public enquiry will now be heard giving campaigners the opportunity to make formal representations.

In a shocking series of events CLTX got diggers to demolish the pub, which was due to be given a Grade II listing by Historic England, after Westminster Council refused the company planning permission to redevelop the premises.

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The owner then appealed Westminster’s decision two weeks after reducing the property to rubble, asking it be heard by written representation, in private.

Westminster Council then issued an enforcement order to CLTX to rebuild the pub ‘brick by brick’ which the Israeli-based company also appealed, asking for a hearing in private.

The pub, which dates back to 1920, was rebuilt following World War 2 when it was bombed.

In April CLTX demolished the pub with all its contents still inside.

The news clip will appear on the ITV evening news at 6pm.

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