Battle to save Willesden pub garners support from national organisation

PUBLISHED: 13:18 15 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:18 15 April 2013

The Queensbury Pub

The Queensbury Pub

Jonathan Goldberg

Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) say The Queensbury Pub must remain

Other supporters of the campaign

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Ken Livingstone - ex-Mayor of London

Sarah Teather - Brent Central MP

Cllr Muhammed Butt - Brent Council leade -

A national organisation which campaigns for community pubs has joined the fight to save a popular venue in Willesden Green.

Members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) have said it is “essential” for The Queensbury Pub to remain and have said its proposed demolition could leave residents with “nowhere else to go.”

Representatives from the organisation’s North London branch, visited the pub in Walm Lane for a special visit last week. John Cryne, CAMRA member said: We all agreed it is essential that the Queensbury be retained for the local community.

“The Queensbury is really the only venue in Willesden Green offering a welcoming and safe environment. A couple of our members went for a walk around before joining us at the Queensbury and were dismayed at the lack of pubs in this area.”

The Queensbury is under threat from a planning application from developers Fairview Homes, which seeks to change the use of the buildings from a public house to residential accommodation.

Community activities including the Bumps and Babies and Busy Rascals playgroups will also be under threat.

Mr Cryne added: “With more than two pubs closing every day in London, London has lost 1,300 in the past decade. A high proportion of these pubs were demolished or converted to other uses such as residential and shops, significantly impacting on local communities”

Formed in 1971 CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.

Brent Council leader Cllr Muhammed Butt recently told the Times it would be “a shame” to lose the venue and added that he would talk to developers to try and retain a community space.

The application will be considered by Brent Council’s planning committee.

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