Ham and High – 22nd August
It looks as though the campaign at the White Bear has born fruit!
South End Green Association/ Friends of the Magdala
We have applied to Camden to have the Magdala listed as an Asset of Community Value under the 2011 Localism Act.
This will give a degree of protection to the pub should any change of use be proposed.
In support of the application we need to provide evidence of the Magdala’s use as a local amenity.
One way is to show how its function room has been used for meetings of community groups.
SEGA, for instance uses it all the time for members’ gatherings.
Do you know of any groups, clubs, associations that have used it for meetings?
Do you know of other uses, eg. births, weddings, funerals, quizzes, comedy, poetry?
If you know of anything specific, please post it here as a matter of urgency so that the application can be returned to Camden!
(Please use the Social Media links here to share this with your friends!)
Jason Bevan of Belsize Park Gardens NW3 writes:
The prospect of the closure of the Magdala Tavern as reported here last month has prompted much concern amongst locals, and residents of South End Green and beyond. The pressure on community assets and amenities is pervasive, and the prospect of losing another is keenly felt, but strength of feeling of those affected can be harnessed and much can be achieved through collective action, as demonstrated by the success of the campaign to keep local diversity, over Sainsbury’s homogeneity.
To that end a new group, The Friends of the Magdala, met with the South End Green Association(SEGA) this week to discuss areas of common concern and have agreed to work together in the event that a campaign becomes necessary.
Whilst I am encouraged that the new owners stated intention is to reopen the Magdala as a pub, it will close September 7th making it difficult to disseminate news as it arises. For those interested there will be notices posted both on SEGA’s notice boards, and a new informational website at www.friendsofthemagdala.co.uk .
Letters in the Ham and High – July 31st.