|Boris Disappoints Residents over Riverside Studios Redevelopment|
Mayor refuses to step in over proposals for eight storey riverside building
A group of Hammersmith residents, let by the Crisp Road Residents Association have lobbied London Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall about the redevelopment of Riverside Studios - but been disappointed by his response.
The residents, who are protesting about plans by developer Mount Anvil for a six to eight storey building on the site, travelled to City Hall on January 21 hoping to persuade him to reconsider the plans.
On Tuesday, The Mayor was giving his final decision on proposals to demolish and redevelop the iconic Hammersmith venue, which were already approved by Hammersmith and Fulham on December 19. You can read about the details here.
The residents were supported by joined by Kit Malthouse, London Assembly member for West Central, Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter and Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham's Labour group of councillors.
The protestors however, were disappointed, as they record on their Facebook page: " Alas, to no avail:
They added: "He chose luxury flats over locals".
Crisp Road Residents' Associaton say on their page:
The scheme has also divided opinion among local celebrities. Amongst those in favour are Bill Bailey, Alistair McGowan, Jack Dee and Jo Brand, who perform frequently at the studios, while actors Harriet Walter and Penelope Winton and artist Peter Blake have spoken out against the plans. You can read more about this here
January 23, 2014