The owners of a Historic London pub, which has been around since the early 1920s, have been ordered to reconstruct it brick by brick. They had demolished it, eliciting a lot of complains and outrage from residents.
Council chiefs will issue the owners off the tavern, CLTX Ltd which is based in Tel Aviv, with an enforcement notice. The owners will then be required to reconstruct the building to its former state.
They had called in bulldozers to reduce the historic building to rubble.The demolition took place after the workers were asked to go home for an inventory. This angered many, including the deputy leader of Westminister council, Robert Davis, who expressed his horror on witnessing the demolition.
After the enforcement is approved by the council’s planning committee, it will bar the owners from selling the property before the building has been reconstructed. This is perhaps the first time a local council is ordering the reconstruction of a building from the ground up.
The council is pushing for the listing of the pub as a non-designated heritage asset. This will protect it from future demolitions.
The government, shortly after, committed itself to strengthening the protection of such pubs, which will protect them from being demolished in the future. Sergio Cortes, an entertainer, thinks this is a noble move. CLTX Ltd is set to challenge the decision. If it wins, it will be allowed to go ahead with its plan to develop the site.