AN ANGRY Cowley resident has hit out at Hillingdon Council for not doing enough to preserve Cowley's history.

Vic Birch, of Cowley Crescent, spoke out after a wall and an old chapel on the site of Old Mill House in Old Mill Lane, Cowley, were reportedly knocked down as part of the ongoing renovations.

The site, including rennovation of the mill building, is being prepared for a block of flats. Mr Birch says Cowley will soon be left with little history to show future generations.

He said: "I think it's absolutely disgusting. I know it's only a wall, but it's been there for more than 300 years. To lose part of history like that is terrible.

"You should leave them there and strengthen them.We've lost so much in Cowley over the years that there's not much to show from 300-400 years ago, it's nearly all gone.

"If the council OK'd it they want booting up the backside, and if the building firm are at fault then they need to be held responsible."

The council has denied being at fault and believes the demolition was approved, but has pledged to see if it had gone too far.

Jean Palmer, director of planning and community services, said: "The council has very recently been made aware of a concern regarding the scope of demolition that has taken place at the Old Mil House site in Cowley, and the council's enforcement team are currently investigating this.

"Hillingdon Council granted planning permission in August 2005 for the restoration and conversion into flats of Old Mill House, a listed building.

"Old Mill House appeared on English Heritage's 'at risk' register before the grant of planning permission.

"As part of this, planning permission was also obtained to remove a non-listed building adjacent to the site entrance and the partial removal and reduction in height of a boundary wall at the site."