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East Barnet residents take Prince of Wales pub campaign to council meeting

The pub is due to close on February 14th but campaigners want the council to declare it an asset of community value and prevent a change of use

Campaigners for the Prince of Wales pub in East Barnet take their campaign to a Barnet Council meeting
Pub campaigners at the town hall

Campaigners fighting to save the Prince of Wales pub in East Barnet took a deputation to a Barnet Council meeting on Tuesday as part of a bid to have the building designated an asset of community value.

The landlord, Stonegate, has announced plans to close the pub of February 14th but if it is listed as an asset of community value, this will mean it could be reopened as a pub.

Local residents and politicians across the political spectrum have joined the campaign to save the ‘last pub in East Barnet’.

John Ireton, who is involved in several community organisations and is a governor at both Danegrove and East Barnet schools, led the deputation to the town hall. He said: “I have been an East Barnet resident most of my life and the Prince has always been part of what makes East Barnet special and gives it that village feel.

“It’s been an ongoing presence in my life – it’s where I had my first pint, and it was the regular haunt for my friends over the years and when we were away at various universities we would always come back to the Prince on Christmas Eve.

“I have seen the Prince adapt over the years, growing to include a good kitchen with a popular Sunday roast and a great garden for the summer months. I am sure it has been run profitably in the past and can continue to do so.

“I want to add my voice to those calling for the Prince of Wales to become an asset of community value.”

Other members of deputation included East Barnet residents Steve Edwards, Kathy Levine and Gianvito Cascio.

Levine said: “One reason why its so important that we get Asset of Community Value status for the Prince of Wales is that the Government decided in 2021 to make it far easier to convert a pub into residential or retail use.”

A statement from resident Robert Persad, who was unable to attend the meeting, was read out. He said: “The Prince has been my immediate next door neighbour for 19 years. I could not wish for a better local pub. The pub is the best focal meeting point in the village and I fear that changing its use may create a tipping point and the mix of shops in the village may decline as people will have fewer reasons to go to the village.”

East Barnet councillors Phil Cohen, Edith David and Simon Radford have been working with residents on the deputation and the campaign as a whole.

Cllr Radford said: “John, Gianvito and the residents made such a strong case to the council. I want to thank them for all their hard work in their campaign to save the last of once was once three pubs in East Barnet.

“It is the heart of the village and we must do all we can to save it.

“It now goes through to the application process. As local councillors we will be tracking its progress and keeping residents up to date.”

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