ipporah Lisle-Mainwaring was told to get rid of the stripes after her neighbours labelled them an eyesore.
She lost a legal challenge to the council order in court but is appealing the decision. Today she revealed that demolition work had begun but admitted that if she had known what difficulties the paint job would cause her she would never have done it. Ms Lisle-Mainwaring, who lives in a grand apartment in Switzerland, wants to turn the disused office in South End into a dream London home. She is currently pressing ahead with plans to flatten the entire building after being granted permission by the planning inspectorate. But she cannot actually level the building until she gets a so-called party wall agreement from her adjoining neighbours, which could take months.