If you thought the Art Deco Odeon cinema in High Street Ken was safe you have been seriously misled.
Though 25,000 people have signed the PETITION to save the cinema the demolition will go ahead.
In just a few weeks time, whilst most of us are away on holiday, the bulldozers will move in on yet another much loved piece of Kensington.
The irony of all this is that Ritblat pere, whose son is behind the destruction, claims to be a lover and collector of antiquarian books!
To consolidate the image of the archetypical country squire Sir John also claims to be a bee keeper!
An architect said,"Their proposal It is a generic form of non-architecture taking reference from the recent soulless developments to the west end of Kensington High Street instead of the stylish deco edifices ( Barkers/ Derry and Toms ) to the East End."
Those in the know say that the council and planning officers bend over backwards to do the will of the Ritblats.
It also seems the fairly useless English Heritage are not innocent: it failed to intervene, despite knowing that under the modern shop fittings is hidden the cream of Art Deco architecture.
The Dame has been provided with images proving the point beyond any dispute.
Another long term resident had this to say....
"The essential character of Kensington High Street is being eroded with more and more residential blocks – often bought for investment by investors and unoccupied.
Minerva have been responsible for under investing in a handsome property in order to win an argument for a mediocre