Campaign to retain last surviving Jewish maternity hospital gets backing
Residents opposing the demolition of the East End’s last surviving Jewish hospital have received backing from a leading Jewish heritage figure.
Director of Jewish Heritage UK, Sharman Kadish, this week wrote to the housing association Peabody urging them to rethink their planned demolition of the Jewish Maternity Hospital in Underwood Road, Spitalfields, to make way for a new block of residential flats.
Ms Kadish agrees with English Heritage that the buildings do not merit listing on architectural grounds, but she feels their social historic significance has been overlooked.
Ms Kadish wrote: “Given today’s enormous interest in the social history and heritage of the Jewish East End from heritage groups, tourists and genealogists, we urge you to reconsider the total demolition.”
She puts forward a compromise solution suggesting the “well-built” cottages to the left of the main hospital building are retained, as part of a future social housing development. The cottages could be adapted as a warden’s flat or sold as private residences on the open market, she suggests.
You may also want to watch:
An online petition, www.residents-first.co.uk, to retain an least the cottages have been set up by residents led by historian Tom Ridge.
Peabody, which owns the land, last week notified Tower Hamlets council of the planned demolition and is planning to submit their planning application in October.
- 1 Tribute to 7th Barts Health Trust worker to die of Covid-19
- 2 Airbnb house party violence leaves police officer with broken finger
- 3 Teenager found dead in Victoria Park
- 4 Driver arrested after police 'drugs patrol' stops car in Whitechapel
- 5 Drug and alcohol abuse by Tower Hamlets parents and children soars
- 6 'We need laptops for lockdown children to learn from home’ Tower Hamlets mayor urges
- 7 Disgraceful management of the pandemic
- 8 Have you seen this 52-year-old man missing from Ilford?
- 9 Post deliveries in east London hit by Covid crisis among Royal Mail staff
Mr Ridge said: “By seeking to demolish all the buildings rather than making the usual planning application for demolition and replacement, Peabody is effectively stopping the retention debate.”
A Peabody spokewoman said: “We will have another consultation event prior to submission of our planning application. We understand this is a sensitive site and we are committed to working with all members of the community in the development of this project.