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Pubs in Walthamstow a 'dying breed'
Waltham Forest lost 35 per cent of its pubs over the last thirty years and that includes the new ones that have opened, according to East London & City Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)
In the last decade, fourteen pubs have closed in the E17 post code alone.
Some, like the Grove Tavern in Grove Road, the Coach & Horses in Wood Street and the Royal Standard in Blackhorse Lane, have been boarded up and left empty.
A more common problem is that struggling pubs are bought up by supermarkets, bookmakers and property developers because the price of land in London is so high.
The Essex Brewery in Markhouse Road, the Woodman in Higham Place and the Windmill in Grosvenor Park Road, were all turned into flats and the Plough in Wood Street was turned into a supermarket.
Lisa Collett, Manageress at the Nag’s Head, in Orford Road, Walthamstow said: “It’s quite scary that so many pubs are going.
“The older generation are struggling to find somewhere to go in the day now as newer pubs change their clientele.
“It used to be their meeting point.”
Ms Collett described the Nag’s Head as “doing really well” in the current climate and is optimistic about its future but is saddened by the loss of local pubs in general.
She said: “A lot of pubs have a lot of history so just to turn them into shops is quite degrading really.”
CAMRA are now lobbying the government to make it more difficult for pubs to be turned into shops and flats as currently there is no planning permission required for this.
CAMRA Pubs Preservation Officer, James Watson said: “Developers and supermarkets both have deep pockets and tend to target the indebted pub companies by paying over-inflated prices.”
“Pubs are part of the fabric of British society and are an iconic symbol of British culture throughout the world.”
As our local pubs continue to die out at an alarming rate, Mr Watson advises: “Use London's pubs whilst we still have some left!”