Save the Wheatsheaf - Tooting Bec

We Won!

10/04/15 After a long campaign that saw the community stand up for one of its local assets, Wandsworth Council finally stepped in and used its powers to protect the Wheatsheaf from sale

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Jon Irwin
Campaign created by
Jon Irwin
Save the Wheatsheaf - Tooting Bec
8,915
of 9,000 signatures
Tooting Bec, London, United Kingdom

To: Wandsworth Council

Use local planning laws to ensure that our pub isn't turned into another convenience supermarket.

Why is this important?

Since the Wheatsheaf has been refurbished the pub has become a real magnet for local people, showing that in the right hands it is very much a viable business.

On Friday 19th July rumours were circulating that the lease had expired and the present tenant Gregarious (formerly Antic) were on 24hr closure notice. There was also concern that whilst Gregarious want to buy the lease they were being outbid by Tesco. On Saturday 20th July this petition was launched. Some 10 days later, over 8,000 people had signed the petition.

Early wins - but there is still work to do:
Sadiq Khan MP received a letter from Enterprise Inns (the owner of the freehold) on Tuesday 30th in the afternoon stating that they are no longer selling the pub.
Tesco have also, via our MP, confirmed that they are no longer looking to purchase the pub.

There are a few on-going actions to ensure that we can secure the pub should Enterprise Inns change their minds. An application to get the pub listed as a community asset has been made, an application to get an article 4 listing has been made, and we are also looking to get the building listed as a 'Wandsworth Borough Council Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest'.

Tooting is fortunate to have a diverse range of shops, and a lot of independent traders.

We need to show the council the amount of support that exists to keep this community asset. On the blog you can find out more about how you can help to make sure that we win this battle.

Tweet: #SavetheWheatsheaf and link to the petition please.


Reasons for signing

  • Nick O. 2014-12-28 22:15:44 +0000
    As its still very much a viable pub, please keep it that way. There are plenty that are floundering they can go to Tescos leave the Wheatsheaf.
  • Martin R. 2014-12-28 14:11:58 +0000
    I have been to this pub many times despite living in Clapham North, four stops on the tube. Great pubn - must stay open. And don't get me started on Tescos.
  • claire h. 2014-10-21 11:23:43 +0100
    I have just moved to the area. It's a great pub, great atmosphere and a real asset to the area. There is no need for a further supermarket or residential properties. Please save it!!

Updates

over 1 year ago
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Petition is successful with 8,914 signatures

about 3 years ago

5,000 signatures reached

about 3 years ago

Sadiq Khan MP has been in touch with Tesco's and he has received the assurance from Tesco that they are not going to take over the Wheatsheaf.

Still need your support though, to make sure that we secure the pub as a community asset.

about 3 years ago

Update via @Antic_London: Just to halt the rumors, yes the owner of @wheatsheaftoots trying to sell the building inc pub, NO buyer is confirmed yet & we are fighting

Keep on showing your support folks. Amazing response in such a short space of time. Blog site posted here savethewheatsheaf.tumblr.com

about 3 years ago

1,000 signatures reached

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500 signatures reached

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100 signatures reached

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