Profit-driven developers continue to take their toll on Rotherhithe's pubs. with recent local victims including the Clipper, the Ship York and the Three Compasses. All now face replacement with yet more flats, reducing our area's character, heritage and amenities.
Elsewhere in Southwark, the Council has protected pubs through accepting applications to list them as 'Assets of Community Value' - for example, the Ivy House, the Gladstone Arms and the Elephant & Castle pub. In Rotherhithe and Surrey Docks, the Council has been less supportive, with no local pubs listed. The recent application to list the Clipper was also rejected.
Other London councils have proactively listed their pubs - for example, Wandsworth Council listed 121 pubs last year. We would make this Council policy in Southwark, and in the meantime, we will continue to support local campaigns to retain our pubs.