Save Leighton Arms Pub at 101 Brecknock Road
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A north London community is strongly protesting to stop the unauthorised opening of a supermarket in what was their local pub. Developers have gone ahead to build a NISA supermarket in the old Leighton Arms on the corner of Brecknock Road and Torriano Avenue.
On 25 November 2015, Camden Council identified the Leighton public house on the corner of Torriano Avenue and Brecknock Road, as a ‘community leisure and cultural facility’ for the neighbourhood.
They gave permission to developers to build five new residential units
within the property, on condition that the Pub remained on the ground floor. (Appeal Ref: APP/X5210/W/15/3095242).
Over the past two years, developers have gone ahead with major reconstruction work on the site. The pub garden has been built over. Then recently, all pub signs were removed and replaced by large signs for ‘Nisalocal’ supermarket. All the pub furniture has now been taken out, and workers this week are installing supermarket shelves.
“The developer promised to modernise the pub, not destroy it,” one
resident said. “We already have several well-established grocery shops including Nisa local within a minute’s walk of the Leighton Arms,”. Another grocery store is the last thing we need - and it is not what Camden Council gave permission for.”
We demand to Camden Council to act and Enforce planning laws to save our community cultural centre and public house.
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