Court where three Rolling Stones members were fined to be turned into a ‘community asset’
- Credit: Archant
A former courthouse in Stratford where three members of the Rolling Stones were fined for peeing in the street will be transformed into a ‘community asset’.
Newham Council will begin refurbishment on West Ham Magistrates’ Court which was also most destroyed in an arson attack five years ago
The Grade II-listed courthouse in West Ham Lane, which is owned by Newham Council, has been empty since 1984 and it has “deteriorated significantly” since then.
In 1988 it was placed on Historic England’s “At Risk Register” and according to a report by council planning officers, the arson attack in 2014 “led to the loss of much historic fabric internally”.
On Monday the council’s local development committee approved works which will replace the damaged roof and walls so it can be restored and used as a ‘community asset’.
You may also want to watch:
Plans for a temporary roof, walls and scaffolding have been approved and backed by Historic England.
Planning officers said: “This proposal is the first phase of a wider project which aspires to restore this dilapidated heritage and community asset.
- 1 Cause of death remains unknown after body found in disused Forest Gate pub
- 2 Man given community order for 26 counts of criminal damage after scratching name into property
- 3 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 4 Forest Gate triple shooting: 'Safety is everybody's business,' councillor says
- 5 Body found in derelict pub in Forest Gate
- 6 'Cheating surge': Dating site reveals how many people are having affairs in your area
- 7 Worshippers at mosque in Upton Park aim to raise £35k for Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2021
- 8 Newham mathematician to fill in for Countdown presenter and expectant mum Rachel Riley
- 9 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 10 Jailed man caught with knife in Stratford to be handed court order
“The dismantling of the fire damaged parts of the building and the erection of free standing scaffolding will allow for safe access into the building which in turn will allow for future investigative works, including the recording, demolition, removal, and potential salvaging of historic fabric and other cultural material within the building.”
The Stones were on their way back from a gig at the Romford Cinema in 1965 when they pulled up to Francis service station in Stratford needing to use toilet.
When a station worker refused to let them use the lavatory Mick Jagger, then 21, guitarist Bill Jones and bassist Bill Wyman, relieved themselves beside the garage and were arrested.
They were each later fined £5 each at West Ham Magistrates’ Court.