#SaveTheGlam: Council grants ACV status to historic pub

The Glamorgan: it may last as a pub

A community campaign to try to re-open an East Croydon local pub has achieved its first target, with The Glamorgan on Cherry Orchard Road being declared an Asset of Community Value.

The #SaveTheGlam campaign, led by Addiscombe ward’s Labour councillors, will now seek to persuade the building’s owners to put the pub on the open market, so that a committed pub-operator might buy it and re-open it for the trade that it was built for more than 150 years ago.

The Glamorgan, which in recent times operated as a gastropub selling real ales, closed in November 2016. The property owners wanted to demolish it and build a block of flats.

But this week’s adoption of the Croydon Local Plan by the council gives greater protection to local pubs. Armed with the ACV status, Sean Fitzsimons, the Labour councillor who helped launch the #SaveTheGlam campaign, will be calling on the owners to reconsider their redevelopment plan for the site.

Sean Fitzsimons speaking at this week’s council meeting

“In less than six months, the Addiscombe community has rallied together to try and save this building from demolition and return it to its historic role as one of the hubs of the local community,” Fitzsimons said today.

“The granting of the Asset of Community Value shows that getting organised can make a difference. Together with the adoption of the Local Plan, with its greater planning protection for Public Houses, it means that the owners plans to demolish the building and build a six-storey residential block are effectively dead in the water.

“To stop the building deteriorating any further we ask the owners to put the building up for sale on the market as a public house, as we confident that there are potential purchasers of the building who want to run the place as a pub.”

Fitzsimons, who has held talks with several pub chains and the owners of other community-run pubs, declined to say whether the #SaveTheGlam campaign already has a potential purchaser lined up.

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One Response to #SaveTheGlam: Council grants ACV status to historic pub

  1. David Mogoh says:

    There are few things more amusing than seeing councillors “looking important” at council meetings.

    P.s. I know I should get out more often, but the weather is bad…


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