Petition to Watford Borough Council, Rabi Martins, Stephen Bolton, Aga Dychton, Richard Harrington MP, Paul Baxter
Save 73 and 75 Clarendon Road, Watford!
Proposals have recently been put forward to demolish two of the last remaining Victorian villas in the centre of Watford. In an area that has been aggressively developed, they are one of the few reminders of Watford's historic past - something we are now in danger of losing - and the time to act is now. What's the story? These properties were built in approximately 1865, when Clarendon Road was first developed, and were originally grand Victorian villas. Clarendon Road would have been filled with houses just like these, but over time, the rest of the buildings have been knocked down and replaced with unimaginative modern office blocks. Residents of the houses on this road included Alphonse Legros, a French painter whose works are now exhibited at the Tate, the V&A and the British Museum. 73 and 75 Clarendon Road are now the last remaining villas on the street, and are the only reminder of what was once here. Due to their architectural and historic importance, the Council have designated these properties as "locally listed", which means that they should, where possible, be preserved. The Council state that, "of all the grand Victorian villas that originally lined Clarendon Road, [these properties are] almost the only [survivors] and [are] correspondingly of value", and that they add "architectural interest to Clarendon Road". TJX Europe Limited (who operate as TK Maxx) have applied to demolish these buildings, and replace them with a modern office block to accommodate their European HQ. Their planning application can be found here: http://pa.watford.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=OGO8UFQWHQ200 Why does it matter? Because Watford's historic buildings are, slowly and steadily, being destroyed. Developers are now justifying the demolition of these buildings on the basis that the few that remain "no longer represent the character of the area". What does the campaign aim to achieve? We are seeking to prevent the demolition of these buildings so that they can continue to be enjoyed for many more years to come. What can I do? Sign this petition and make your feelings about the proposed development and demolition known. If you wish, you can also formally object to the planning application by visiting this website: http://pa.watford.gov.uk/publicaccess/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=makeComment&keyVal=OGO8UFQWHQ200 What happens next? The Council will make a decision on TK Maxx's planning application. A decision is due by 18 January 2017. TJX Europe are also holding a public consultation on the proposed development at the Clarendon Road Holiday Inn on Friday January 20, between 3pm and 8pm, and Saturday January 21, between 10am and 2pm.