Crystal Palace woman leading campaign to rescue Bromley's Royal Bell
PUBLISHED: 09:17 05 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:17 05 February 2013
A derelict Bromley hotel once mentioned in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice could soon be re-opened as a community pub if a rescue plan succeeds.
The Royal Bell, in Bromley High Street, has been closed for a number of years and talks are now underway to turn the Grade II listed building into a Chinese restaurant.
However, campaign leader Amanda Hone, of Crystal Palace, hopes to bring Bromley residents together to buy the building from owners British Land Group and convert the space into a community hub.
The building would have include offices, performing arts space, a gallery and a pub on the ground floor.
She said: “It’s the grand old man of Bromley and I’m stunned it has been allowed to decay in the town centre.
“I want to make it the first community-owned pub in Bromley. People can buy a brick through a community land trust I’m setting up and that way everyone will own some of the Royal Bell.
“It’s something that will bring everyone together and make the area proud.”
The campaign leader has set up a blog for the Bromley Arts and Community Initiative where people can get involved in the project, visit bromleyartsandcommunity.blogspot.co.uk.