Bradys (Railway Hotel) in Atlantic Road has been a much-missed pub in Brixton, and despite great efforts by community groups, it looks like the council are set to flog it off to developers.
Our sister site urban75 has run many articles on the goings-on at Bradys and there’s a huge thread on the boards (over 670 posts and 37,000 page views) which reflects the level of interest in this landmark building.
Our partners at the Lambeth Weekender are now taking up the story and are inviting people to take part in a photo where they can show their support for keeping this important building as a community resource.
Here’s the full message, as appeared on the urban75 boards. We hope to see you there on Thursday at 10am!
Hello all, am going to run a story on this in the next Lambeth Weekender (out Feb 8) because the Brixton Community Trust and Brixton Society are going to the local gov Ombudsman about how the council have behaved with regards to Brady’s and the wider regeneration of Electric Avenue.
The gist of what they are saying is that the council disregarded the community in favour of making money when they sold Brady’s, and that’s what they are still doing in that bit of Brixton.
Obviously the sale happened a year ago, but they are asking for compensation for the Princes Trust and others who worked up the proposal for a community centre there, and they would also like for the building to now become a pub rather than anything else.
I am meeting members of the BCT and Brixton Society at Cafe Max, opposite Brixton Rec, to do a photo for the paper on Thurs Jan 24 at 10am – anybody who wants to come and show support and be in the picture is very welcome.
A council spokesperson said planning permission is not needed to change A4 to A1/A2/A3 – but the council did say this:
The property is a locally listed building and is in a conservation area, which means that its design and appearance is protected via policies 46 and 47 of the UDP and policy S9 of the Core Strategy.
It sits within the Brixton Major Centre Primary shopping area where we would seek to protect A class uses (retail, financial & professional services and food & drink) or D class (community facilities or leisure) via policy 4 of the UDP and S3 of the Core Strategy.
Although this property has not been in active use for a number of years, it is considered that the lawful use of the property is as an A4 unit, therefore policy 27 of the UDP would also apply which resists the loss of public houses to a non A-class use.)