For those of you who are minded to write to the Secretary of State for Planning, Communities and Local Government about the recent decision by Tower Hamlets to grant planning permission for the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to be turned into a boutique hotel, I have received some good and sensible advice about whether or not this will, or can, happen. Essentially, the Secretary of State will only over-ride the machinery of local government if he/she feels that this is an issue of more than local concern.
So, in writing, please stress the national and international importance of the Bell Foundry, its uniqueness not just to Whitechapel, but to the world, and that the decision will remain forever contentious, a blot on the escutcheon of whichever party wins power in the election next week.
Campanologists and historians in Philadelphia, Toronto, Vancouver and New Zealand, please write. It is your history as well as ours which is being destroyed:-