"We feel we cannot stand by and see these buildings demolished" said Oliver Leigh-Wood of the Spitalfields Trust
Here comes the cavalry!! Spitalfields Trust have rescued numerous historic buildings and are regarded by many as the most successful historic buildings trust in the country. Its projects have included the exemplary restoration of 107/113 Mile End Road , 12/20 Mare Street in Hackney, Turner/Varden Street in Whitechapel and 1/8 Minor Canon Row in Rochester.
The history of the terrace, and the present condition of the surviving houses, is controversial. Although Hackney has had a conservation-led plan since 2006, the unannounced demolition of the houses was halted following community objections last January ( read 'Hackney admits demolition unlawful' here. Ed.) Later, in March, Hackney accepted Murphy's evidence that the houses were all now beyond repair and it granted permission for demolition ( Read 'One man, two votes' here. Ed). However two independent structural engineers provided evidence that some, if not all, can certainly be saved ( read 'Was there a cover up' here. Ed). "The current condition of the houses does not concern us in the least. We have taken on far worse examples" the Spitalfields Trust's says in its letter to Hackney.
This is how Dalston Lane terrace looked at the turn of the century - a thriving terrace of homes and businesses which have ben reduced to dereliction in the last 30 years
OPEN has raised £0000s from a community campaign to fund legal expenses and commenced Court proceedings against Hackney to try and overturn its decision to permit demolition. Hackney has refused to review its decision or refer the decision back to elected councillors, which had voted only for a conservation led project and not for total demolition. A Court decision is awaited but in the meantime Hackney's development partner, Murphy Homes Ltd., have agreed not to commence demolition before 28th May.