‘Save The Valentine pub’: Redbridge residents campaign to protect former pub from redevelopment
PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 12 July 2018
Days after evading demolition, residents are rallying to protect The Valentine Pub from future redevelopment.
The pub won a reprieve when Tide Construction Limited withdrew plans to flatten the 1930s former pub in Perth Road, Gants Hill last Friday, July 6.
In May, the company withdrew a separate application to tear down the pub and replace it with a 10-storey block of flats.
The most recent application - reference number 2440/18 - sought only to demolish the pub.
Aldborough resident Kim Judge, 29, has now set-up a Facebook page to galvanise support to have the Valentine Pub listed as an asset of community value (AVC), under the Localism Act 2011.
“I want to see [the pub] become a community hub,” said the director of creative consultancy Conscious Cosmos.
Resident campaigner Paul Scott, who objected to the planning application, is also closely involved in the campaign.
“It will mean that people have the right to bid for it and it will be protected for at least five years,” he said.
He added: “In places like Gants Hill and Ilford you need this sort of cultural and social venue to improve the quality of life for people in the area.”
He said that the pub is a classic example of 1930s architecture and was the setting for Footballer Bobby Moore’s wedding reception.
Follow the Facebook group at facebook.com/SaveTheVal/