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Pubs we've lost 2014-2015: The Grosvenor, Stockwell and the Canterbury Arms, Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Well done to all those who registered objections too.
     
  2. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro TwentyFourThousand

    That's fucking brilliant! Will it reopen now as it was?
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    No doubt super-loaded Golfrate will have their legal team working on ways to get around this.
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I've just fired off an Apollo mission of a longshot about the pub.
     
  5. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Nope -the leaseholder sold the remaining years on the lease back to Golfrate. They won't want to run a pub so it will now sit empty until some kind of planning goes through. The licence will also have reverted to Golfrate so they will be able to amend it to a regular pub use with regular hours making it easier to argue that regular pub use will not be a nuisance to neighbours.

    Crispy - would the big room be any use as a temporary site for Makerspace or would that be too noisy?
     
  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm not sure why you're so confident given that they already own at least one working pub in the area. Surely there's a possibility that may change if a financially agreeable proposal comes their way (given the rather emphatic nature of Lambeth's refusal)?
     
  7. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I doubt they see the recent refusal as anything more than a short term obstacle so probably won't be looking to get a new pub tenant in until they have planning and have refurbed the building. A short term tenant will probably be more hassle that it is worth to them.

    I'm not sure which one is operating but I guess it is not them operating it? I guess it still has a long term leaseholder in it and is not part of a development scheme?
     
  8. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    The developers will win unfortunately if they go for the old line about providing more new homes.
     
  9. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They almost always win in the end, but I am slightly heartened by the contents of Lambeth's planning refusal.
     
  10. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Point number 1 is easy to get around - advertise it at the top end of the going rate, make it look totally bad value for money - no-one will want it.

    The developers will have a row of suited booted men when it comes to the appeal who will have an answer for everything.
     
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  11. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I think the argument for 1 is more likely to be that pubs don't generally have the owners or staff living on top any more. The landlord didn't live there I don't think and someone mentioned that the rooms were let out anyway.
     
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    He did live there, as did some of his staff.
     
  13. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Certainly not any more so than live music. We're negotiating for a permanent space at the moment though, so hopefully won't have to bother. Also, I very much doubt golfrate would be up for it.
     
  14. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    I thought cuppa mentioned it - must me misremembering. Even so - I think that might be an argument to allow existing accommodation to become self contained.
     
  15. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They haven't exactly got a reputation as being the most community minded of developers.
     
  16. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Good luck. I look forward to hearing more!
     
  17. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Wasn't the pub inevitably going to shut down anyway when the luxury flats opposite are built and the residents starting moaning? Or is that another pub?
     
  18. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    Seems to be happening in a few places according to this article:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28838947
     
  19. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    I phoned up Golfrate today because I'm still looking for a venue for the NYE party we've held at the Grosvenor for the last three years - any suggestions very welcome! - and the guy there told me that they would be putting in a new application to Lambeth. I asked when he thought the pub would reopen, and he said they weren't planning to reopen as a pub - that the building would be "put to retail". I think that's the phrase he used. I assume he means sold to another developer.

    So if you have any suggestions for venues for our NYE party, please say!
     
  20. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    The "Agent of Change" principle sounds broadly sensible - though quite difficult to prove in practice, for instance, e.g. if a sound system were beefed up / respositioned / turned up.
     
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  21. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    What about that Brixton East place?
     
  22. clandestino

    clandestino no llevar papel

    Yes I think it sounds sensible too. It'll be interesting to see how it works out in Melbourne.
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    This was posted on B Buzz by a reader on the 19th Aug:
     
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's not a club venue.
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Way over a 1,000 people have looked at the Grosvenor story on B Buzz in the last four hours.

    With that level of interest you'd really think there'd be a way to save the pub - except this is Golfrate we're dealing with and they're only interested in lining their own pockets.

    Elderly publican forced to squat in his own home
    Property developers' ‘ruthless’ rent rise forces pub landlord to take early retirement
    Lewisham's only gay pub Two8Six closed down by Mendoza and Golfrate property companies
    Greater powers are desperately needed to stop a "ruthless" developer letting several of Merton’s sites go to ruin, it was argued in Parliament this week.

    And:
    The Wikipedia page of Gofrate owner Asif Aziz seems to paint a very different picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asif_Aziz
     
  26. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    So what would the upstairs be used for if the pub was retained? I assume it would have to be commercially advantageous for the owners to consider it?

    [EDIT] or was it always going to remain a pub downstairs?
     
  27. mikerobe

    mikerobe New Member

    just wondered whether this might be of any use to interested parties?...The Ivy House in Nunhead was the first pub to be listed as a community asset, and a listing as such means that the community gets first shout at making an offer to own the asset.

    http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com

    a possibility for The Grosvenor? I guess it could be too late.
     
  28. mikerobe

    mikerobe New Member

    sorry, this page explains the principal of the community 'right to buy' better, also describes the similarity between the Ivy House's recent predicament and that which the Grosvenor is currently in...
    http://www.ivyhousenunhead.com/about.php
     
  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    With the landlord already gone, it's far too late, I fear.
     
  30. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro TwentyFourThousand

    Does anybody know if The Beehive in Stockwell is still open? I can't find anything about it online
     

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