Save The Swan
Good heavens. Philip was, just two days ago,wishing there was an ‘emergency heritage button’ he could press to stop developers from demolishing the beautiful Swan pub in West Greenwich.
Well, good for him. He has decided that if something doesn’t exist, it needs to be invented. He and some pals have been tinkering in the shed and have come up with a prototype and he needs us to help road test it.
SAVE THE SWAN has been set up as a plucky pressure group with just days to get a review on this building.
Amazingly, Philip tells me the council are currently in the process of reviewing the “plans to demolish” and need to make a decision this week.
There is no time to waste. If you agree that Greenwich would be better off saving this beautiful building and developing around it instead, please write to object to the plans to demolish, by contacting the council’s development controller:
Explain that you object to application ref 14/0919/SD and oppose demolition because of the building’s architectural heritage.
You should provide your address so they can see you are a local. If you’re not local, please still write – beauty for visitors is important too.
Save The Swan
This is urgent stuff – so if you’re thinking about writing, please do it asap. It’s a slim chance, but it’s a chance to do something to keep Greenwich beautiful.
I wish Philip and his heritage-loving chums the very best of British.
While we’re about it, Philip and I have been discussing the fate of the Thames Pub in Norway St. I often mention it as I truly believe it could be Greenwich’s answer to the Dog & Bell. But it’s currently disintegrating into the ground while the new developments shoot up around it and we’re a bit worried.
It would be good not to have to do an emergency campaign on that one too. Anyone got any news about it? Does it need its own little band of watchful guardians?
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