As usual, there is a great deal of activity by the Society and its members to report. Much of that activity concerns planning for the future of St John’s Wood and the maintenance of some of its valuable community assets.
In the last couple of months two well-known and loved local pubs, the Star in St John’s Wood Terrace and The Clifton in Clifton Hill, have been threatened with closure. Under the Localism Act it is possible for certain local assets to be identified as, and given the status of, ‘Assets of Community Value’, and the Society has applied for that status for those pubs. We have already lost a large number of pubs in St John’s Wood, and the loss of these two pubs would, the Society believes, be a serious loss to the community.
The campaign for these pubs is being led by Simone Fletcher and Grayzina Green for the Clifton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by Rose Maguire, Richard Humphries and Patrick Campbell for the Star. There has already been a fantastic response from St John’s Wood residents, but the more local residents who support the campaign to preserve these two local pubs as local amenities the better, so I urge all members to contact Simone or to register their support. It would greatly help the Society, which will be responsible for making the application, if members could copy in the Society at email@example.com when they join the campaign. The campaign has received great support across the political spectrum form Karen Buck MP, Councillor Lindsey Hall, the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate, Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg and a large number of Conservative and Labour councillors.
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