To: Oxford City Council

Save the Somerset Pub in Marston

Save the Somerset Pub in Marston

Protect the Somerset House Pub from development and preserve its status as an Asset of Community Value.

Why is this important?

There has been a pub on the site of the Somerset since the 1800s. It closed its doors in 2014, and is now the last pub standing in New Marston. A group of local residents are now campaigning to save the pub. The iconic building is one of its kind in the area: a 1930s inter-war public house. Historic England have campaigned to list and protect suburban pubs, which are under threat and closing at a rate of 27 per week.

Marston has already lost The Plasterers Arms, The Jack Russell, The Friar, The Cavalier, The Three Horseshoes, The Bricklayers Arms, and The White Hart, which have all been converted to other uses by property developers. We urgently need community spaces as well as housing, and pubs are an important and irreplaceable part of our heritage. If the Somerset is lost there will be no pubs in New Marston - an area of some 4000 residents.

Marston is in real need of public spaces for eating, drinking and meeting. Many of us know and love the Somerset, and remember it as a thriving pub. We have come together to lobby local government to recognise the importance of preserving our last pub and to campaign to see it re-opened for community use.

Oxford

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Reasons for signing

  • I used to play pool (and drink beer) here in the mid 80's. Great local pub. RIP Lee Herdsfield!
  • Marston just wouldn't be the same without this beautiful building!
  • To save this iconic public house, for future generations.

Updates

2018-09-05 22:25:56 +0100

Dear supporters. We have reached well over 700 signatures! The Somerset Pub has recently been added to the Oxford Heritage Asset Register. It is still an Asset of Community Value. Please join us for our next legendary POP-UP PUB in the Marston Scout Hall, Marston Road, on Sunday 16 September from 3.30pm. Thanks!

2017-05-03 06:56:54 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-02-06 21:38:47 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-02-06 18:58:48 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-02-06 17:11:01 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-02-06 13:42:38 +0000

10 signatures reached