An Israeli property development will be ordered to reconstruct an historic London building that it demolished without permission, according to the London Evening Standard and other media.The company, Tel Aviv-based CLTX Ltd., called in bulldozers earlier this month to demolish the Carlton Tavern, a pub dating back to the early 1920s in Maida Vale, west London.
The Westminster City Council, which is responsible for the area, said that it will next week issue an unprecedented enforcement notice requiring the developer to “recreate in facsimile the building as it stood immediately prior to its demolition”.
I find it hard not to laugh – they got what they deserved!
Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster council, said he was “absolutely horrified” at the “scandalous” destruction.
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The Carlton Tavern was the only building in its street not destroyed during the blitz in World War II and was considered an important historical building.
Leave it to Israelis to finish the job.
Patsy Lord, the landlady, said she had been told by the owners on Easter Monday to close for an “inventory.” When she came back two days later, she found that the 94-year-old building had been reduced to rubble.
Yep, sounds just like them to pull a stunt like that. It will be interesting to see whether they bother to rebuild the structure or just abandon it and write off the loss. My guess is the latter.