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Bell Foundry Petition News

August 29, 2019
by the gentle author


The petition of local residents to Tower Hamlets Council to make it Council policy to Save the Whitechapel Bell Foundry as a working foundry has already gathered more than 1750 signatures in less than a week.

We want the Council to debate this motion at their next full meeting on 18th September, the day before the planning committee meeting to decide upon the developers’ planning application to convert the historic bell foundry into a boutique hotel.

Yesterday, Council officers suggested that such a debate held before the planning committee meeting would prejudice the decision of the planning application. We do not accept this justification for ignoring the views of residents in the borough and we intend to challenge the Council on this matter. We want the developers’ planning application to be deferred to allow due process, so the councillors can have the opportunity to debate residents’ concerns.

But first, I call upon your help to collect the final 250 from those who live, work or study in the borough to make up the required total of 2000 signatures.

If you have not yet done so, please click on the link below to sign and then circulate this to all your friends, family, workmates and neighbours in the borough.





Photographs © Shahed Saleem

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. mlaiuppa permalink
    August 29, 2019

    You’ll need 2,500-3,000 to allow for signatures that are deemed unqualified.

  2. Amanda permalink
    August 29, 2019

    Just shared your link with another London visits newsletter / blog to hopefully reach more within the designated catchment.

    And that those not residing/studying/working
    within the catchment can sign CHANGE.ORG petition.

  3. Peter Holford permalink
    August 29, 2019

    It sounds as though the council don’t wish to consider the objection. Perhaps they might find an way by proroguing the council.

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    August 29, 2019

    Come on locals – do your bit to save a very valuable part of London’s heritage!

  5. Catherine Morris permalink
    August 29, 2019

    Signed and have put this on local sites, including local Facebook site. It is getting quite a response, including this ‘I was born and brought up in Tower Hamlets and I now ring hand bells made at the foundry. There are many Bell Ringers in England who have links to this very special place through the bells they ring. Is it possible to widen the petition so interested parties can also sign please?’. Is there another petition that could be taken nationwide? How about an article in The Standard?

  6. Howard Zeegan permalink
    August 29, 2019

    Was born down the road at the London in 56…had many trips there from school…so fascinating..its our Heritage and East End history…sadly with this bunch of cowboys in the council…im afraid theyll look at the mighty pound an sell anyway…just like they tried to flig off Flo ….

  7. Amanda permalink
    August 30, 2019

    Dear Catherine Morris

    Here is the link for the wider national and international PETITION for launched by the East End Preservation Society

    20,663 signatures so far – Fri pm 30 Aug

    Goal 25K.

    An article in the Standard and perhaps METRO – free to city train travellers – a great idea – to include any reactions to date from the Council?

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