We now have nearly 3,000 signatures on our petition to save The Flora Sandes pub in Thornton Heath. Although the vast majority have been collected in person in the pub, the solidarity of online supporters has been vital. In the last few days we have been very encouraged to receive help and guidance from the Mayor of London's Communities at Risk team and continued practical support from our Greater London Assembly member. As a result, the petition is being delivered to the Mayor of London and received by the Greater London Assembly before Christmas. We have now approached JD Wetherspoon to ask for a date and time when we can formally present both our petition and a book of comments about The Flora Sandes from its customers to them. Our 'Fight for Flora' has been far more passionate and powerful than we could ever have imagined. We will provide a further update in the next few days.
To: JD Wetherspoon plc
SAVE WETHERSPOON’S AT THORNTON HEATH
We, the undersigned, call on JD Wetherspoon plc to keep the Flora Sandes public house in Thornton Heath open.
Why is this important?
Thanks to JD Wetherspoon we have, at the heart of busy and vibrant Thornton Heath, a meeting place which is regularly full of people from all walks of life, all cultures, all ethnic groups and all ages who can enjoy excellent food and drink at affordable prices. It is called The Flora Sandes. As regular customers, we feel aggrieved at the thought of losing our pub if Wetherspoon’s terminate the lease which has 20 years left to run. If our pub closes there will be nowhere else in Thornton Heath where pensioners, young families, single women, disabled people, shoppers, office workers, football supporters and passengers from the railway station can sit, talk, eat, drink and feel at home.
Croydon’s vision of having a welcoming, friendly, harmonious and highly diverse community where people get on together is brought to life in The Flora Sandes. The pub is central to a £2.7 million regeneration project in Thornton Heath designed to improve the look of our community and to attract new business, new residents and new enterprise. Rather than leave, we see Wetherspoon’s as vitally important to the future of Thornton Heath and its regeneration. That is why we are asking Wetherspoon’s to keep The Flora Sandes open and why we are asking you to support our petition to save a key community resource.
Sally, Don and Jack