An application to have a 190-year-old pub building near East Croydon Station declared as an Asset of Community Value will be submitted to Croydon Council tomorrow.
More than 40 people turned out to express their concern for the fate of The Glamorgan, on Cherry Orchard Road, which is under threat of demolition following its closure last November.
Sean Fitzsimons, the Addiscombe ward councillor who called the meeting, was encouraged by the positive response to the appeal, with support from south-east London CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, other pub owners and managers, and dozens of local residents, easily fulfilling the initial requirement for an ACV application of having 21 signatures.
Steve Thompson, a resident of Cross Road and a CAMRA member, spoke on history of the pub, back to 1830s, its three different names, and the community groups who use to meet there in the recent past.
Communities taking out an ACV on an underused or disused pub building have a strong track record locally, with The Hope at Carshalton having been transformed from a run-down shell and turned around to become acknowledged as one of the best pubs in London. Shareholders from The Hope were present to explain to the meeting how community involvement can manage a local.
Neil Pettingrew, the pub protection officer for SE London CAMRA, also spoke and gave advice. Has agree to provide support to the group.
“Finally, we took a vote to set up a new nominating group, which was passed unanimously,” Fitzsimons said. “We will finesse the application and submit it on Wednesday.”
Fitzsimons and the SavetheGlam steering group which was formed last night know that they face a race against time, as the property speculator who now owns the building has been pursuing council officials to speed up the process to get permission to demolish The Glamorgan. If the council adds The Glamorgan to its register of Assets of Community Value, the campaigners will have 18 months to raise the money required to buy the building and revitalise it into a living, breathing pub.
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