A VIBRANT luxury development in East London has been demolished to make space for a drop-in centre for locals of all ages.
The two-year-old ‘high-end’ apartments had been a feature of the area for as long as most local residents remember.
However, the local council overrode objections, insisting that they would have to be razed to the ground to give way for a hall where people can play dominoes, table tennis or gather around a piano to sing songs.
Joseph Turner, one of the residents who lost his design-led open plan living space, said: “We who lived there are the glue that binds East London. We give this area its vitality and sustain its characteristic boutique stores that sell cat pyjamas.
“This community hall idea is a backward step away from comfortable social isolation.
“Hopefully they will at least call it ‘Community’ and charge £8.50 for ironic cream teas. With £8.50 written on the menu as ‘8.5’.”