The Planning Inspectorate has rejected an appeal from the owners of the ‘Jack the Ripper Museum’, who were seeking retrospective approval of signage. The appeals for the shopfront, fascia sign and roller shutter were dismissed.
The owners were initially granted planning permission to open a museum dedicated to women’s history in the East End – but instead opened a museum glorifying serial killer ‘Jack the Ripper’. Following the opening, the museum owners applied for retrospective permission to display signage.
Tower Hamlets Council will now be moving to enforcement action to secure the removal of the signage.
Mayor John Biggs said: “I received countless emails and letters since this so-called ‘museum’ opened and the campaign against has quite rightly made national news. I met with the organisers of a petition which had secured thirteen thousand signatures, and I wrote to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to raise the issue.
“We were promised a museum with displays that celebrate and tell the story of the women of the East End and their historic, cultural and future contributions – instead we are left with a ‘museum’ glorifying a serial killer.
“As a Council, we have sought to challenge the ‘museum’ and I’m very pleased that the planning permission appeal for signage has been refused. Sadly, the ‘museum’ itself will remain but I would encourage members of the public to instead visit the pop-up museum at St George-in-the-East church, which aims to truly celebrate the contribution of inspirational women.”