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Rally to save The Porcupine pub in Mottingham this morning

PUBLISHED: 10:10 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:53 14 May 2013

Campaigners will be joined by MP Bob Neill and pubs minister Brandon Lewis.

Campaigners will be joined by MP Bob Neill and pubs minister Brandon Lewis.

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A rally will take place outside a Mottingham pub this morning in a bid to save it from demolition by supermarket chain Lidl.

The Porcupine pub, in Mottingham Road, was acquired by the German chain from Enterprise Inns without any notice to the public and was swiftly closed earlier this year.

Community pubs minister, Brandon Lewis MP, will join Bromley and Chislehurst MP Bob Neill in Mottingham from 10am this morning to “put pressure on Lidl to think again”.

Mr Neill added: “The pub was sold without the public knowing anything about it. We want to point out to the pubs minister that there may be a loophole to save The Porcupine because it was sold without any notice, so there was no chance to get it registered as a community asset.

“Not every pub is going to be saved, but ones that are cental to communities have a chance. The Porcupine is that only one in Mottingham and Lidl really haven’t thought through the strength of opposition.”

For more information on the Save The Porky campaign, follow @PorkyMottingham on Twitter.

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