Flanagan’s Pub in North Battersea, which was under threat of redevelopment, was this week granted partial protection after a successful campaign by local councillor, Aydin Dikerdem, and residents.
Councillor Dikerdem, who was elected to represent Queenstown ward last November, made protecting this traditional Irish pub – popular with local Chelsea pensioners – a key pledge in his election campaign.
cllr Dikerdem (far left) with residents, customers and Chelsea pensioners
This week the pub was designated an as “Asset of Community Value” (ACV) by Wandsworth Council. This means that if the current owners wish to sell the building they must first give the local community the chance to buy it.
Speaking about the pub’s new ACV status, Aydin Dikerdem said; “This is a great result; in my first meeting at the Town Hall after being elected I gave in a petition asking for Flanagan’s to be protected, and spoke about how important it is we look after community spaces like this pub. Now its community value has been formally recognized we will have a better chance at stopping it from being squeezed out by developers”.
He added: “however the ACV status only provides partial protection. I am disappointed that the Council hasn’t gone further and awarded Flanagan’s the full Article 4 Protection status as it has to other pubs – including the derelict pub next door. Only by awarding an Article 4 would the pub be fully protected against the risk of redevelopment”.
Flanagan’s is the last traditional pub in the area with a large and loyal base. It has three darts teams, an OAP Christmas dinner service, live music every week, and many more other community activities.
Commenting on the pub’s ACV status, Jonathan Kinsella, Secretary of the Save Flanagan’s Campaign, said: ‘Brilliant news and recognition of what Flanagan’s brings to the area’.
Cllr Dikerdem concluded: “This status protects the pub in the short term but it wouldn’t stop the pub from being redeveloped in the longer term. The campaign to protect it fully will carry on”.