Fight to rebuild the Carlton Tavern reaches Australia

Tue, 01/11/2016

They may be over 10,000 miles apart but the Carlton Inn and the Carlton Tavern have one thing in common, both were illegitimately demolished by developers.

The Carlton Inn, a historic Melbourne pub, was knocked down on October 15 and Australian authorities are now compelling the site’s owners to rebuild the pub.

The story remarkably mirrors the Carlton Tavern in Westminster, which was demolished in April 2015 in breach of the council’s planning decision and in spite of the fact it was being considered for Grade II listing.

The council served an enforcement notice to the developers, CLTX Ltd, requiring the rebuilding of the popular community pub “brick by brick”.

The Carlton Tavern is now required to be rebuilt following a ruling by the Planning Inspectorate and it appears that the precedent set is reaching far and wide.

The State of Victoria’s Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne said: "I first heard about the Carlton in Westminster when people started sending me news clips, suggesting the same rebuild order should be levelled at the owners of our own Carlton pub.

"Australians and the English have a shared love of their history - and their pubs. 

"Rebuild orders for two Carlton pubs in separate hemispheres serve as a warning, people will not stand for illegal demolition of their history."

Cllr Robert Davis MBE DL, Westminster City Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for the Built Environment, said:

“It is truly extraordinary that the local Westminster campaign to get the Carlton Tavern rebuilt brick-by-brick has had such a far reaching impact.

“Our colleagues in Melbourne deserve a huge amount of credit - they have set a clear precedent that communities will not stand for this kind of scandalous act.

“I hope that when both of these historic pubs are rebuilt they will stand as a symbol for the power of local communities to stand up for the special heritage of their much-loved public houses.”

The Carlton Inn, located in Melbourne, was most recently known as the Corkman Irish Pub and is 159-years old according to Australian media reports.

View full press release from the Victoria government

Last updated: 7 November 2016
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