|Residents Galvanized to Fight Development Of 'Dignified' Building|
Action plan now in place to stop development
Nearly forty residents from Shakespeare Road and other nearby roads in Poet's Corner turned up at a public meeting tonight to voice their opposition to the development of the old Conservative Club at 89-91 Shakespeare Road, W3.
While most residents were not opposed to the development of housing on the site, the demolishing of the Victorian building raised the ire of many in the room.
David Buckingham, a local architect who lives on Shakespeare Road, says the proposal is 'ill-conceived and unimaginative'.
Many people pointed to local folklore that this site is one of immense historical importance, not just for the building but for the supposed underground stream and 'artesian well' beneath it, although proof of this has yet to be found. The current tenants of the site, Ellie and David Hopkins, who own Rosebank Motors, say there is even a resident ghost on the site.
The building was, however, the site of Acton's first swimming baths, which is in fact written in to the drawings of the proposed new buildings, which reads 'Site of Shakespeare Road Baths. Built 1877."
In the meantime, residents are busy coming up with an action plan to stall the application, and to highlight the need to save the building as a rich part of Victoriana in Acton.
09 January 2011