The campaign to save The Glamorgan pub in Cherry Orchard Road has received a double boost this week.
- Croydon Council has approved the borough’s new Local Plan, which now includes a policy to protect pubs.
- Croydon Council has accepted the application to have The Glamorgan registered as an Asset of Community Value. The community now has six months to develop its own bid for the pub on the basis of the market value for pubs.
There is a petition which will be presented to Croydon Council on 21 March. Please consider signing it so that an important community facility is retained.
ECCO steering group member, Steve Thompson is Treasurer of the Save the Glamorgan Campaign and has written a report of their last meeting on 12 February.
“Prior to the meeting, Ron Appleby and Steve Thompson met with the owners on 6th February, however it was very difficult to ask questions or make points. The whole tour/meeting lasted half an hour. There is a lot of damage to the interior caused by squatters, but fewer signs of water ingress than feared.
The pub owners’ architect gave a presentation of the proposed development – an 8/6/4 storey block with an A4 (pub/restaurant) space on the ground floor. There was then an opportunity to question the owners and the architect. It was made very clear, by some strong questioning, that the meeting was singularly unimpressed with the plans and with the owners’ attitude. Few satisfactory answers were received from the owners. The meeting is concerned about the owners’ failure to maintain the building – this fear extends to the View, South Croydon, which is under the same ownership.
The feeling was that the proposed A4 space (with small beer garden) would be unviable (a classic ‘Trojan Horse’ development) and is totally characterless and unsuitable for live music. Complaints would soon be forthcoming from residents of the new flats and the pub would eventually close. We had two votes:
- Do we or do we not work with the developers? Carried unanimously that we do not work with the developers as they did not present a viable proposition.
- Does the group wish to work with an operator who will operate the pub for the benefit of the community? Also carried unanimously.”
The next meeting is on Monday 9 April, 7pm in Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, CR9 1ET