Minister awards ‘community asset’ status to the Porcupine

Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis MP today announced that the Porcupine Inn in Mottingham has been awarded ‘Asset of Community Value’ status after it was nominated by Mottingham Residents Association as part of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) #ListYourLocal initiative.  Coldharbour, Mottingham and New Eltham Conservatives have been supporting the campaign to save the pub from demolition by the LiDL supermarket chain, including helping residents on the Royal Borough of Greenwich side of the village to object to the plans.

Cllr John Hills, Chairman of Coldharbour, Mottingham and New Eltham Conservatives and President of the Greenwich Conservative Federation said: “We would like to thank the great many residents who contacted us following our last letter to say that they were sending in their objections to Bromley Council.  Your efforts helped achieve more time for the plans to be considered.

“The Minister’s announcement today has further strengthened our hand in arguing against LiDL’s proposed demolition of the pub, which is just too valuable to the life of the village to lose. Mandy, Matt and I will continue to fight these plans every step of the way.”

LiDL public meeting

LiDL has recently spent a large amount of money writing to residents asking them to give their views on whether they want their plan to go ahead, and announcing a public meeting.

Matt Hartley, who is standing alongside Cllr John Hills and Cllr Mandy Brinkhurst in the council elections next year, said: “We would strongly encourage residents who agree with us that the pub should be saved to reply ‘no’ to LiDL’s letter.  It is crucial that we do not allow the company to claim a level of public support for the application that does not exist.”

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th August, from 5pm to 8pm at the Methodist Church on Mottingham Road.  The Coldharbour, Mottingham & New Eltham team will be attending to put their concerns to the company in person and encourage as many residents as possible to come along.

For more information on the campaign follow the Coldharbour and New Eltham ward team on Twitter @CHNEwardTeam or visit their ward website for residents at www.CHNEwardteam.com

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