News / 7 January, 2011

Neighbours oppose Clapton pub development plans

Campaigners launch petition to save artistic and musical hub

A group of Clapton residents has launched a campaign to keep a Clapton pub as a centre for their community.

The George, on Glyn Road, has not been operating as a pub for about five years, but it has become a hub for a community of artists and musicians connected to the private tenants.

Now the property is the subject of a planning application to turn it into a block of nine private residential flats. Neighbours and supporters are calling on the council to reject this.

Rebecca Workman, a Hackney resident and part of the artistic community linked to the property said the building was an important community resource and should be supported as such.

“The George has become a massive cornerstone in a thriving, creative community in East London,” she said. “It has brought people together in a multitude of ways that serves the local community. It is a travesty to think that it will no longer be a hub for social activities and learning.”

Over the last three years the pub has been used for private events including jazz and folk nights, theatre performances, costume design, art making and a wedding.

Hackney residents who want to help oppose the development are encouraged to sign a petition at the George Pub E5.

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/ 7 January, 2011