I'm not sure how much you know that The Greenest Govt. Ever is fast tracking fracking under our homes without our permission.
I can't find the fracking map for Southwark but some boroughs are on the hit list. I wouldn't trust them to leave Southwark frack-free. I added that because I am worried about all the new homes being built.
I am also aware of LBS's track record of listening and complying with local communities, we've experienced one version of Community Cohesion. It's the proposal and other peoples' experiences on which I am basing my comments. We have already lost many pubs to residential and a restaurant/bar with bedsits on 1st floor.
Some beautiful buildings too, but pubs are community hubs as you know. I said 'shame on the Council' because they've torn down other areas with a rich social history. They don't appear to appreciate social history, the types of communities that have built up around them. There's 2 types of politics, one includes the whole community and one which excludes the community where they do what they want despite consultations. I prefer the former but I was speaking generally, it would be a pity if they approved it. I prefer community involvement and decisions.
I find that politics invades our lives far too much without thought of the consequences of their actions and has to change for people to engage in the process.
Also Gary I am sorry you think I've asserted that they've already done it, I don't think I said that anyway, please
point out the bit where I gave you the impression that I said it. I am aware that the term used was 'could be' from the heading, I don't want it to happen any more than you.
Thanks for posting all those links. I really hope that we can save this pub and music venue. Not only is it an amazing place used by local people but friends of mine travel from all over London to see bands there.
If there is anything we can do to help (in addition to lodging an objection) please do ask!
Also the Spectator article (in the links) is worth a look as well:
Here is a nifty quote from it:
…This tiny place is also a live music venue, and even has an in-house label for bands that play there regularly. CDs are for sale at the bar. The Gladstone also sells Pieminister pies, from a company based in Bristol. From about 7 p.m., even on a Monday in August, it starts filling with young ‘creatives’ and innovators: a demographic contemporary politicians wax lyrical about.
So the Gladstone Arms supports small businesses (‘the lifeblood of the economy’, according to those same politicians), employs local people, and serves the local community. And it’s thriving. Unfortunately, it now looks doomed…
Personally, I think the idea that the Glad(to be gay, seeing as it's no longer a gay pub, can we have the Gladstone back?) is a bit strange? It's tiny, and after paying the band I imagine the other half of the pub pays the bills, are the drinks very expensive?
The lease runs out on Monday. The pub website has details of what's happening today.
The pub building is reasonably safe given it is a) an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act and b) is now in a conservation area (hastily created after the redevelopment plans came to light).
But there's nothing to stop the owners demanding such a steep rent no-one can afford to run it as a pub.