Local residents, schools, community groups, amenity societies and businesses working with British Waterways, Tower Hamlets Council and others for the protection and beneficial use of the six mile waterway ‘ring’, its historic buildings, structures and habitats.
On Monday, 25 October 2010, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Poplar and Limehouse) and patron of the East End Waterway Group, together with several representatives of the group, gathered at the head office of Telereal Trillium to present a petition with nine hundred signatures, asking Trillium to:
allow the retention and adaptation of the former Poplar Employment Exchange at 307 Burdett Road as a training and social enterprise centre for unemployed local people, called the LANSBURY CENTRE.
The petition was addressed to Graham Edwards, Chief Executive Officer; and received by Sara Wiltshire, Head of Marketing and Communications. A meeting with Sara Wiltshire will take place after the judicial review of Tower Hamlets Council’s designation of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area, to be heard in the High Court 11 and 12 November 2010.
The judicial review proceedings were started by Telereal Trillium in 2009 in response to the Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the demolition of the former POPLAR EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE at 307 Burdett Road; and its replacement by an 11-storey block of flats. One of the reasons for refusal was that the former exchange makes a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Limehouse Cut Conservation Area. Trillium is seeking to have the Council’s designation quashed by the High Court. But the Council will be “robustly defending its position”.
Jonathan Hems, Director – J-go Training Limited
420 Railway Arches, Burdett Road, E3 4AA
020 7538 0008 – email@example.com