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The 100 Avenue Road fight goes on

14 February, 2019

Campaigners gather at 100 Avenue Road in Swiss Cottage as bulldozers started demolition work

• DOZENS of demonstrators braved the rain outside the 100 Avenue Road building site on Monday February 4 calling for a halt to the demolition of this stylish office building and its replacement by a monstrous 24-storey tower and two awful slabs full of private flats, (Bulldozers move in to 100 Avenue Road, February 7).

And we were oddly amused as we waved our “No demolition until judge’s permission” signs, amid occasional clouds of dust and bursts of noise as the demolition continued…

But we consoled ourselves that this was just one corner of the building, the former sushi restaurant, while knowing that Camden Council’s solicitors have failed to respond adequately to the legal notice served on them in mid-January.

This legal challenge told them to revisit the confused vote on the developer’s Construction Management Plan (CMP) back in November last year when the planning committee chair used her vote to turn a narrow win for those calling for a safer CMP into a win for the developers, allowing them to drive dozens of demolition trucks a week through the neighbourhood for up to four years.

Even those of us involved in fighting this awful CMP left the November meeting unsure as to what had been approved, since a confusing set of plans had been shown, hence the legal challenge.

This asks Camden to revisit the decision, this time making sure all the councillors – including the chair Heather Johnson – know what they are voting for and what its implications are for the local community. So it is definitely not all over.

If the judge gives the judicial review permission to go forward to a full hearing, then it is likely a stay of demolition can be made, giving all parties time to reconsider the CMP.

This will allow us more time to negotiate further with Transport for London, asking them to allow all the demolition trucks to access the site direct from the A41, where they all come in the first place.

The local community knows how damaging the current CMP is, which is why they have donated thousands of pounds to the fighting fund enabling us to set the judicial review in progress. While thanks are due for all donations thus far, which have enabled us to complete this first phase, a further £5,000 is needed.

If you can help further, here are the details: Cheques made out to Save Swiss Cottage Action Group can be sent c/o The Treasurer, David Reed, Flat 2, 56 Eton Avenue, NW3 3HN; or you can make payments by bank transfer to: NatWest Sort code 51-50-10 Account number 66231248; or in person at: NatWest, Swiss Cottage Branch, 106 Finchley Road, NW3 5JN.

Please mark any payments with your name to avoid confusion. These plans are so damaging they must be stopped. Thanks for any help you can give.

DAVID REED Treasurer
Save Swiss Cottage Action Group


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