As well as the loss of a historic canal-side building in the heart of the community, what really upsets us is that the pub was (and is) financially viable, in a thriving area, with little competition and a huge amount of passing trade. Even worse, the sale was behind closed doors, denying the community or another operator the chance to buy the freehold.
If enough local people show that they don’t want the pub to go, Reading Borough Council will not give permission for change of use, and we might be able to persuade the current owner to reopen or sell the pub. We’ve already had a huge amount of media coverage and support, including from the 80 MP All-Party Parliamentary Save The Pub Group.
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