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From The East London Advertiser

“John Biggs has tonight (Weds) announced he’s joining the 11th-hour heritage campaign to save the 1920s’ art deco building at Spitalfields, in the heart of his City & East London constituency. Saying “I am proud to add my support to the campaign to fight for this beautiful building which survived the Blitz.”

The Mayor of London’s decision last week to approve its demolition—with only its facia remaining—has roused anger among campaigners after it had twice been rejected by Tower Hamlets council.

“The Fruit and Wool Exchange is part of the charm and heritage in this much-loved area of Spitalfields,” said Biggs.

But all that will soon be swept aside, despite a long-running campaign by TV historian Dan Cruickshank who accused Boris Johnson of using autocratic powers against local democracy when he gave evidence at last Wednesday’s public hearing at City Hall.

Architect Paul Johnston put forward an alternative at the hearing on behalf of Cruickshank and the Spitalfields Community Group to show how the Fruit Exchange could be developed while preserving the character of the area.

He said: “London needs to show that it can sympathetically repair, regenerate and rebuild itself and not allow developers versed in bypassing planning policies to ignore the community and raze neighbourhoods.”

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