Activists campaigning to save the historic Ancoats Dispensary building in Manchester protested outside Manchester Town Hall on Saturday.
It was built in 1869 to serve the needs of the growing industrial city and was famously painted by LS Lowry.
The Urban Splash company promised to save the site by converting it into flats but has now applied for a demolition order. Campaigners feel that local people haven’t been consulted about an important landmark in their area, and their lives.
Linda Carver, the campaign co-ordinator, told Socialist Worker that “the building is a touchstone for a community, a local landmark that is part of people’s lives. If this was a more affluent area it would be saved. This is cultural vandalism.”
Already 5,000 people have signed the petition and further protests are planned.