Another grand old pub is under threat, with the Grade II listed George Tavern in Commercial Road, Stepney under threat from developers who have purchased the adjoining site.
The developers have submitted a number of different plans to build luxury apartments next to the pub – and if those plans go ahead, the venue will most likely be forced to stop live music events – just like what is happening to the Night & Day cafe in Manchester.
Hosting regular new music nights, classical music concerts, pop-up art exhibitions, vintage jumble sales, film, poetry and spoken word gigs, the George Tavern is an important creative hub and venue for the local community.
With the planning appeal date set for 5th March 2014, it’s important to act quick.
A campaign website has been set up detailing the various actions people can take to try and save the pub’s future (reproduced below) but one thing I would urge you to do right now is to sign the online now!
Text from the Save The George Tavern campaign website:
1. Sign our online petition – it only takes a few minutes…
Make your voice heard! We’ve an online petition up and running which we will deliver to the Planning Inspectorate… please sign now!
2. Write to the Planning Inspectorate directly…
You can write to the inspectorate directly stating your objections online. Please be sure to use the three reference numbers which apply to our case – APP/E5900/A/14/2211978/NWF, APP/E5900/E/14/2211988 and APP/E5900/E/14/2211986.
Alternatively you can state your objections via post. You will need to send in three copies to: The Planning Inspectorate, 3/07 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, BRISTOL, BS1 6PN, quoting the above case numbers. All objections need to be received by5th March 2014.
3. Let the local political scene know what you think…
You could let local MP Rushanara Ali and the 11 local London Assembly member representatives know how important the George Tavern is to you! Just click on the links…
4. Keep up to date and help spread the word!
We need all the help we can get to #savegeorgetavern. Share this website and the petition online and contact your friends in the media and in high-places!