The mother and daughter, who reacted furiously at a council meeting, have defended their actions by saying they were given just “two minutes” to argue their case.
Marie-Anne Adie moved to the UK from France to study English literature and said she has lived in London’s Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead, for decades.
She and her daughter Cecilia were outraged after Camden councilors voted in favor of the construction of four new three-storey houses near the site of a former Victorian reservoir at a planning meeting earlier this week.
In scenes that made the infamous Handforth Parish Council viral video look like a teddy bear picnic, Cecilia was caught on video screaming that she hoped the new development would be bombed by terrorist group al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile, Marie-Anne yelled ‘You bastards, you’re fired’ after the building permit was granted.
But in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the mother and daughter said the video showing their expletive-laden argument was “edited” and “misrepresented” by Camden Council.
Long-serving local residents Marie-Anne Adie and her daughter Cecilia (right) were furious when building permit was approved
Cecilia, who had previously said she hoped the development would be bombed, rose to her feet
She grabbed a chair nearby before throwing it on the table and then on the floor in front of it
The Camden Council planning meeting had fallen into chaos after local residents were filmed shouting expletives and even throwing a chair in response to the plans.
Cries of ‘you’re making this city an asshole’ and ‘you haven’t even been there, you don’t know how awful it is’, were heard during the tense meeting.
A visibly indignant Cecilia roared, “It looks like a prison when you see it. I hope Al-Qaeda bombs that damn ugly thing.’
When she was urged to leave by an official, she put her papers away and grabbed a walking crutch.
Red-faced in anger, she shot away as she left: “I hope you sleep well at night, knowing that you have destroyed a beautiful city and that you are destroying a beautiful city. How dare you. How f***** dare you’.
Cecilia then picked up a chair and threw it on the floor before being led away.
Mother Marie-Anne said in a conversation with MailOnline today that she was given only “two minutes” to defend her home and claimed that councilors would not let her or her daughter Cecilia speak.
She said, “They only gave me two minutes to defend my 50-year-old home. I think they messed up the ending and didn’t want to let me and my daughter speak.
“Let’s face it, even this ridiculous thing the architect designed. It’s ugly.’
The application would see the new construction, bicycle shed and waste disposal set amongst a small patch of lush, two-tree land between Gondar Gardens and the back of Hillfield Road in West Hampstead
Pictured: the proposed rear facade including lightwell
Designing for the buildings that started the huge queue at the meeting
Cecilia and Marie-Anne said they feared becoming homeless after Camden Council granted planning permission to four new homes in Gondar Gardens.
Cecilia explained: “They totally misrepresented the situation. They modified it.
“I think the developer, who has a lot more power and money, cut all the details about the super-rich, what I said.
“They cut the part about me worrying about being homeless.
“They have once again described it as a piece of land when it is a backyard.
“They shot a completely different part to make it look like it would be a nice part of the road and it isn’t.”
Commenting on the video and the bombing, she said, “My daughter is passionate. Obviously they’re picking that hot potato to make her look crazy.
“If it hadn’t been for that, our comment wouldn’t have been taken.
“But when I say that, my daughter is now afraid to leave the house. She’s very scared.’
Camden New Journal The councilors voted to build the four new three-storey houses in Gondar Gardens, near the site of the former reservoir.
An artist’s impression of the rear of the four new-build homes that have just been approved for construction in Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead
The site at Gondar Gardens soon to be cleared for the construction of four new three-storey residences
Anger erupted during a Camden Council planning meeting over the development of four new homes at this site in Gondar Gardens, West Hampstead
Plans from above show the development area of four new homes at Gondar Gardens
The application would place the new building, cycle shed and waste disposal facility amongst a small patch of lush, two-tree land between Gondar Gardens and the back of Hillfield Road in West Hampstead.
Residents nearby said this was just the latest attempt at building to scrap previously controversial plans for a residential home for the elderly.
Meanwhile, Ms. Adie said her frustrations with the council started when she was told she couldn’t put her handwritten entry in the package.
She said, ‘I’ve paid taxes for 50 years. I paid council tax.
‘I don’t have enough money to pay for the internet and that’s why I didn’t get information in time because the municipality couldn’t do anything unless it was online.
“I said you discriminate against me because I’m a retiree and can’t afford the internet.
“I said it’s illegal, and I said you have to provide written information to people who can’t get online.
“I sent it by hand and they said they wouldn’t put my entry in the package because it was too long.”
She continued: ‘My husband was an architect, my father was an architect. I care about this. It’s not just me, but I’ve lived so long it’s such a shame.’
Cecilia Adie recounted seeing bats flying in ‘figures of eight’ around the site, adding: ‘It was the most mesmerizing manifestation of nature I’ve ever seen.’
In the photo: the plans for the new building. Cecilia Adie shared how she’d seen bats flying in ‘figures of eight’ around the site, adding: ‘It was the most mesmerizing manifestation of nature I’ve ever seen’
Councilors voted to build the four new three-storey houses in Gondar Gardens
Cecilia got up to leave after a city official spoke to her after the eruption
County councilor Lorna Russell added, “The geometry is a 45-degree roof, as is the red brick that just doesn’t match the facade of the townhouses in this part of Gondar Gardens.”
Conservative Commissioner Councilor Andrew Parkinson said: ‘It seems to me that no attempt has been made to fit the local character. There is the red brick, but also this kind of V-shaped design that you don’t really see in the area.’
Camden’s planning officials had recommended granting permission in a report.
Their findings stated: ‘The proposed development would occupy the majority of the currently open plot with a new three-storey building.
‘There are effects on the housing facilities of neighboring residents, but on balance these are considered acceptable and any damage must be weighed against the contribution of the plan to housing.’
‘During construction there would be temporary damage; however, this would be managed through a recommended building management plan. Overall, the proposals would deliver a good mix of new homes, with high quality design and excellent sustainability credentials.
It added: ‘Officials have attached great importance to the plan’s environmental credentials, design quality and completion of new housing (including a payment facility for affordable housing) and are recommending approval.’