GMB VICTORY AS NANDO’S WITHDRAW CONTROVERSIAL PLAN TO TURN HISTORIC CANNING TOWN LIBRARY INTO CHICKEN SHOP
We're delighted Nando's have listened to the strength of local feeling, seen sense and shelved this proposal before it hatched says GMB Union
GMB, Britain’s general union, is celebrating victory after poultry giants Nando’s withdrew a controversial plan to turn Grade II listed Canning Town library into one of their restaurants
The site, which hosted political speakers such as Keir Hardie and Sylvia Pankhurst, and gave birth to GMB in the 1880s, was granted a reprieve last night - on the 161st anniversary of the birth of GMB union founder Will Thorne, who regularly addressed meetings there.
Last week Newham Council’s Local Development Committee decided to defer the Nando's proposal - which it last week labelled ‘bird-brained’ - until the local community and trade unions were consulted. 
But today, the chicken chain announced they were dropping the plan altogether.
Warren Kenny, GMB Regional Secretary said:
"We're delighted Nando's have listened to the strength of local feeling, seen sense and shelved this proposal before it hatched.
"There is a time and a place for chicken, but a historic library that forms part of the fabric of Newham's community was never it.
"GMB looks forward to working with the council and local community to develop a plan for Canning Town Library that ensures the historic legacy of the building lives on as a community asset for generations to come."
Contact: Gordon White on 07583 050974 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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