May 21 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, September 14, 2012
A much-loved community hall which Crouch Enders feared would be turned into housing may yet avoid that fate – by becoming a pub.
The Earl Haig Memorial Hall, the former home of the Royal British Legion, was sold at auction for more than a £1million earlier this year to a property developer, in spite of residents’ best efforts to purchase it for use by the community.
But it seems the Elder Avenue building may not be destroyed and turned into more housing, as many had feared.
A new application to turn it into a pub has been submitted to Haringey Council, understood to be from Antic Ltd, which runs a number of pubs across the capital, including The Stapleton on Crouch Hill.
The application includes a request for films and live music to be allowed on the premises, as well as dancing and recorded music.
Cllr David Winskill said the feeling in Crouch End was far warmer towards a new pub than towards development.
He said: “When local people heard the news that there was an attempt to demolish the Haig there was a real outcry.
“I have only spoken to a few local residents but there seems to be a feeling emerging that if we could work with the pub group to ensure parking issues, noise and other disruptive behaviour are minimised, the pub option might be a runner.
“I would be happy to talk to Antic and introduce them to some local people.”