This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser 25/07/2017.
The Glamorgan pub in Addiscombe could be saved from demolition after successful meeting
An Addiscombe pub which is facing demolition could be saved after enough residents signed a petition to preserve it.
More than 40 people attended a meeting regarding the future of The Glamorgan pub at Croydon Town Hall last night, with all signing a petition to have the pub recognised as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
An ACV is land or property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional legal protection from being developed or demolished.
At least 21 people need to sign a petition for the council to consider giving a building ACV status, and now this first requirement has been met campaigners will have 18 months to raise the money to buy the building if the council makes that decision.
By late 2015, around 860 pubs in England had been registered as ACVs, including The Hope in Carshalton, according to figures collected and released by The London Drinker.
Councillor Sean Fitzsimons, who represents Addiscombe, said: “It would be a great shame if this building was demolished.
“Last night we agreed to set up a group to make an ACV application to save the glam, and we have more than 21 names needed to make the application.
“I was very pleased with the community turnout, and I think a lot of people are interested in saving the pub.”
Cllr Fitzsimons added that the former Irish gastro pub has a “fair bit of history attached” as it is where the Croydon Campaign for Real Ale was founded 41 years ago.
The 190-year-old building closed its doors as a pub last November and signs were put up on July 1 informing residents that it would be demolished.
The council has already received and approved an application from the building’s owner to bulldoze it, so the future of the pub is still unclear.
No planning application for what might be built on the site instead has been made either.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the #SaveTheGlam campaign or donating to the cause can email Cllr Fitzsimons at email@example.com