Following local MP Sadiq Khan’s call to action on 10th February - and after three months of inaction Wandsworth Council have now finally begun the process of protecting The Wheatsheaf pub from being turned into a supermarket or luxury flats.
Last summer, thousands of people rallied around the campaign to save The Wheatsheaf pub, following the rumours of a supermarket takeover.
On 19th November, the Strategic Planning Committee met to decide the fate of the pub, but rather than supporting the campaign’s call to take action there and then as called for by Sadiq, Conservative councillors voted to draw-out the process, leaving the pub at risk.
Following the Council’s failure to take further action as agreed at the November meeting, on 10th February, Sadiq urged Wandsworth Council to stop stalling and take action.
Today, Wandsworth Council have started the process of providing protection to The Wheatsheaf pub. The process of granting an ‘Article 4 Direction’, which will protect the pub long term, has now been put out to consultation until 3rd April 2014, and local residents can have their say here.
Responding to the news, Sadiq Khan MP said:
“This just goes to show that people power works. Just fifteen days ago I wrote to the council to urge them to stop stalling and start taking action to save The Wheatsheaf, and with the help of campaigners spreading the message on social media and in the local paper, we have forced the council to listen.
“For the last three months the council has done nothing, ignoring the thousands of people who have been involved in the campaign and leaving our pub at risk of being taken over by developers.
“I remain unconvinced that the council is truly committed to saving this much-loved local pub, as they seem to be dragging their feet at every stage, but I certainly welcome the news that they have finally taken the action they could have taken months ago!”
“I would encourage everyone involved in the campaign so far, and everyone who loves The Wheatsheaf, to show your support in this consultation and have your say.”