On 1 May, at a packed meeting in Hackney Town Hall, the members of Hackney Council planning committee refused the Geffrye Museum’s planning application for its new extension and for the demolition of the Marquis of Lansdowne. This marks a great victory for all those who have fought hard to defeat this destructive and insensitive proposal – and a triumph for common sense.
The Save the Marquis Campaign would like to thank all our friends and supporters. We would also like to salute the elected councillors of Hackney for showing courage and independence in refusing this scheme. It shows they are in tune with the concerns of local people and have fully understood the heritage issues surrounding this case. The casual way the museum has dismissed the pub as of little merit or importance shows that it is out of touch both with its historic context and with public feeling. We hope now that the museum will either draw up new scheme which embraces and rehabilitates the pub or that they will release the building to a preservation trust to restore and reopen.