Labour Councillors and Karen Buck MP have joined local residents to oppose the proposed conversion of The Squirrel pub on Elgin Avenue into flats. This is an important, viable, much loved local pub that needs defending.
Originally known as the Skiddaw, the pub is famously associated with the poet Francis Thompson (1859-1907).
“At the junction of Elgin Avenue and Chippenham Road is the “Skiddaw” public-house, by whose parlour-fire he often spent nocturnal hours in preference to the hearths of the critics.”
“The Squirrel is the last pub in the ward, and was abruptly closed just after last year’s World Cup (when it was packed). Lots of good ways to build new homes in London but getting rid of important local amenities isn’t one of them!”
“The Squirrel was my local and where I brought visitors, I really miss it: the food was really good there”
Karen Buck MP said:
“The Squirrel pub has been here in Elgin Avenue since 1881 and it will be the 9th to close in the immediate area. Not every pub can/should be saved and we need homes but thriving neighbourhoods must have facilities and hubs, too”
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