Campaigner fears imminent demolition of Mottingham pub after workmen spotted at The Porcupine
PUBLISHED: 14:12 29 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:12 29 May 2013
Bromley Council must take action this week if The Porcupine pub, in Mottignham, is to be saved from demolition, says campaigning Lewisham councillor.
Workmen were spotted on the site, in Mottingham Road, this morning and a council enforcement officer was sent out to investigate.
Cllr Liam Curran, who has campaigned on behalf of numerous pubs threatened by demolition, claims workmen were disconnecting the pub’s gas supply - which could signal the end for ‘The Porky’.
He said: “Workmen were drilling on the site, you could hear that and it was right by the wall.
“To me it’s sign that demolition could happen very soon and if the pub is to be saved then Bromley Council need to make a decision on the demolition in the next few days.”
Supermarket giant Lidl, who bought the property earlier this year, suffered a setback in their plans for demolition last week when the council expressed concerns over a lack of planning permission for the site’s redevelopment.
They have until June 24 to announce their decision on whether Lidl’s plans for demolition are acceptable.
In a prior approval report, the council stated that: “It is a concern that the initial method of restoration relied upon the construction of a food store for which no planning permission has yet been sought.
“In light of the information provided there is a possibility that the site could be vacant for some time.”