07 September 2015

Historic South London pub listed as an asset of community value after successful local campaign

A successful campaign by local residents, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and local
councillors has resulted in local pub the Grosvenor being listed as an Asset of Community Value by Lambeth council.

This move will give the pub in Sidney Road next to Vassall an extra layer of protection from developers and means that the community will have to be informed if there is an attempt to change its use away from being a public house. The building is currently owned by property business Golfraite who have not made clear their long term plans for the business. For many years, the Grosvenor had been a well-run community pub and music venue that was one of the last outposts for local musicians to perform in the Brixton and Stockwell area.

Talking about the successfully bid, local CAMRA activist and SW9 resident, Valerie Farnell, said:

"This is a really excellent move which a lot of people got behind. It is so sad to walk past a pub which used to be so vibrant and see it boarded up. It is a real community asset and I am glad Lambeth have recognised this. We just need it now to be reopened as a music pub and not turned into another convenience store, estate agents or more flats.”

Local Vassall Labour Cllr Paul Gadsby, said:

"CAMRA and local residents deserve praise for their ongoing campaign to keep the Grosvenor alive. It is now the turn of the current owners to end their year long silence and make clear what their plans are for the building. Under its previous owner the pub was successful, well run and had no trouble keeping itself going financially as well as supporting local music talent. Nobody I have spoken to wants to see this building turned into flats: it should go back to being a thriving pub."