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Stop the Swiss Cottage demolition

07 February, 2019

• ON Monday people gathered to protest outside the site of the controversial 100 Avenue Road tower development overshadowing Swiss Cottage Green Space where developers Essential Living have just started to demolish the existing building.

A judicial review has been lodged because residents maintain that the developer’s Construction Management Plan governing the erection of the 24-storey tower is wholly inadequate.

After the plan was rejected by the planning committee in July, it was brought back in November where, in a deadlocked meeting, it was only passed by the chair’s casting vote.

However what was finally approved was a completely different and much worse traffic plan from what was heard and voted on.

The routing of lorry traffic through Winchester Road and over the pedestrian market area on Eton Avenue, in front of the Hampstead Theatre, will cause substantial harm and represents a real danger to market users and pedestrians.

The route will continue behind hoardings through our much-valued open space, ruining everyone’s enjoyment of the area for three to four years.

In spite of the fact that the CMP, currently being challenged in the courts, also includes demolition, the developers have insisted on carrying out the demolition regardless.

They seem to have taken the view that they are beyond the law because no single individual or group of citizens could afford the legal costs required to prevent immediate demolition.

The developers ought to halt demolition urgently until legal proceedings are complete. Protesters want to show that, once again the developers have demonstrated absolutely no consideration for local views, that have no interest in the local community.

When Camden Council’s officials refuse to heed the warnings of the people who pay their wages and who know the area best, we cannot stop the developer starting demolition.

However, we want it to be known that this is not the end of our campaign. It is the beginning of a new phase; an undoubtedly hard battle through the courts where we will await the decision on the judicial review.

JANINE SACHS
Save Swiss Cottage

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