Campaigners disappointed after councillors reject motion to save historic Castle Pub in Cricklewood

Times Series: Cllr Jack Cohen has been campaigning to save the Castle Inn Cllr Jack Cohen has been campaigning to save the Castle Inn

An attempt to save a historic pub from demolition has ended in disappointment.

The Castle Pub, in Childs Hill, Cricklewood, will now be destroyed and replaced with flats after Barnet Borough Council's ruling Conservative group voted not to list it as a community asset.

For Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors who have spent months campaigning to save it, the news came as a shock.

Liberal Democrat Jack Cohen said: “It is a shame, because there is such a lovely community in Child’s Hill.

“People are upset about it. I for one and bitterly disappointed, and if I am in a position of power at the next elections, I’ll insist it is looked at again.”

Cllr Cohen previously told the Times Series that pubs are the “focal point” of the community and bring people into the area to help the economy.

The popular pub, formerly known as the Castle Inn, is older than the Finchley Road, which was built in the 1820s as a toll road.

It dates back over 250 years and was used as a toll gate until 1871. An English Heritage blue plaque commemorates the building's historic significance.

But what was once a lively and popular rock music venue has been boarded up and derelict for the last two years.

The bid was rejected by Barnet Council’s commissioning board and Councillor Robert Rams, despite having widespread support.

Last year, The Bohemia, in North Finchley, was listed as a community asset and many are now asking why The Castle could not be afforded the same status.

Childs Hill Labour party candidates Ade Ajakaiye, Nila Patel and Andrew Smith are now campaigning to have all of Barnet’s pubs listed as assets.

Mr Smith said: “We are disappointed that our application was rejected, particularly as it had the support of so many local people.

“We have major concerns about the proposal to knock down the building and replace it with expensive multi-storey housing.

"We believe that meaningful consultation and the needs of residents need to be central to all local decision making.”

But Cllr Rams believes the pub would be better used as housing for the community.

He said: “As someone who has visited the pub many times, this is not an example of what should be listed as a community asset.”

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3:50pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Clivicus says...

The difference between this pub and the Bohemia is that the Bohemia was always in use. Unfortunately, The Castle is finished as a pub, towards the end they went completely kosher to try and draw in more of the local Jewish community. The Bohemia is sustainable as a pub, and wanted by the North Finchley community to remain a pub.

The only way to save the building itself is by trying to get one of Tesco / Sainsburys / Morrisons to build a metro there - it is the only way it will become sustainable.
The difference between this pub and the Bohemia is that the Bohemia was always in use. Unfortunately, The Castle is finished as a pub, towards the end they went completely kosher to try and draw in more of the local Jewish community. The Bohemia is sustainable as a pub, and wanted by the North Finchley community to remain a pub. The only way to save the building itself is by trying to get one of Tesco / Sainsburys / Morrisons to build a metro there - it is the only way it will become sustainable. Clivicus
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4:19pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Don't Call Me Dave says...

Cllr Jack Cohen says " if I am in a position of power at the next elections, I’ll insist it is looked at again"

Well Jack, I don't know how to break this to you gently, but you won't be.
Cllr Jack Cohen says " if I am in a position of power at the next elections, I’ll insist it is looked at again" Well Jack, I don't know how to break this to you gently, but you won't be. Don't Call Me Dave
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9:44am Tue 11 Mar 14

Hunted999 says...

Having closed one of Barnet's best community asset, The Church Farmhouse Museum, and attempted to shift Friern Barnet Library into The Artsdepot where the community didn't want it ; I wonder what cllr. Rams considers a community asset. It might be interesting to see how many consider him a community asset in May.
Having closed one of Barnet's best community asset, The Church Farmhouse Museum, and attempted to shift Friern Barnet Library into The Artsdepot where the community didn't want it ; I wonder what cllr. Rams considers a community asset. It might be interesting to see how many consider him a community asset in May. Hunted999
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7:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mr E Dance says...

'... older than the Finchley Road, which was built in the 1820s as a toll road.
It dates back over 250 years and was used as a toll gate until 1871. An English Heritage blue plaque commemorates the building's historic significance'.

What does this tell us about Rams & Co & their vision for Barnet? Draw your own conclusions & make them suffer in May.
'... older than the Finchley Road, which was built in the 1820s as a toll road. It dates back over 250 years and was used as a toll gate until 1871. An English Heritage blue plaque commemorates the building's historic significance'. What does this tell us about Rams & Co & their vision for Barnet? Draw your own conclusions & make them suffer in May. Mr E Dance
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8:07am Sat 15 Mar 14

Mr. Datchery says...

Don't Call Me Dave wrote:
Cllr Jack Cohen says " if I am in a position of power at the next elections, I’ll insist it is looked at again"

Well Jack, I don't know how to break this to you gently, but you won't be.
Well don't be too sure. Jack Cohen will probably re-elected, he is a classic example of people voting for the man not the party. Also if a bookie was offering reasonable odds on Barnet being a Lib/Lab Council next time I'd risk a few pounds.
[quote][p][bold]Don't Call Me Dave[/bold] wrote: Cllr Jack Cohen says " if I am in a position of power at the next elections, I’ll insist it is looked at again" Well Jack, I don't know how to break this to you gently, but you won't be.[/p][/quote]Well don't be too sure. Jack Cohen will probably re-elected, he is a classic example of people voting for the man not the party. Also if a bookie was offering reasonable odds on Barnet being a Lib/Lab Council next time I'd risk a few pounds. Mr. Datchery
  • Score: 1

9:13am Sun 16 Mar 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

How many of the campaigners actually made use of The Castle? I suspect very few, otherwise it would have remained viable.
How many of the campaigners actually made use of The Castle? I suspect very few, otherwise it would have remained viable. Edgar de Jarnac
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10:55am Mon 17 Mar 14

F..kedupBarnet says...

Lets be fair, if the constituents of Mr Cohen wanted this pub open then they would have visited it regularly meaning sales would have been steady meaning it would have never closed, if Mr Cohen believes that fighting this cause instead of issues the people who voted for him want him to fight for is going to get him re-elected..hes a big dreamer, maybe if he goes into partnership with another party...oh wait thats already been done..
Lets be fair, if the constituents of Mr Cohen wanted this pub open then they would have visited it regularly meaning sales would have been steady meaning it would have never closed, if Mr Cohen believes that fighting this cause instead of issues the people who voted for him want him to fight for is going to get him re-elected..hes a big dreamer, maybe if he goes into partnership with another party...oh wait thats already been done.. F..kedupBarnet
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12:29pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Mr. Datchery says...

F..kedupBarnet wrote:
Lets be fair, if the constituents of Mr Cohen wanted this pub open then they would have visited it regularly meaning sales would have been steady meaning it would have never closed, if Mr Cohen believes that fighting this cause instead of issues the people who voted for him want him to fight for is going to get him re-elected..hes a big dreamer, maybe if he goes into partnership with another party...oh wait thats already been done..
I suggest you look at the activities of the Pubcos, pricing landlords out via the beer tie and then making a killing in the property market
[quote][p][bold]F..kedupBarnet[/bold] wrote: Lets be fair, if the constituents of Mr Cohen wanted this pub open then they would have visited it regularly meaning sales would have been steady meaning it would have never closed, if Mr Cohen believes that fighting this cause instead of issues the people who voted for him want him to fight for is going to get him re-elected..hes a big dreamer, maybe if he goes into partnership with another party...oh wait thats already been done..[/p][/quote]I suggest you look at the activities of the Pubcos, pricing landlords out via the beer tie and then making a killing in the property market Mr. Datchery
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