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Long live the Prince Edward!

By chief hack Ignatius Rake

Posted June 10, 2015
the prince edward pub in hackney gets ACV status
Popular pub: The Prince Edward in 2008 yesterday. (Check bottom for credit)

Prince Edward becomes second Hackney boozer to get ACV status.

More good news out of Hackney in London, where the Prince Edward on Wick Road has now become the second pub to be listed on the local council's Assets of Community Value (ACVs) register.

The news follows a nomination by the Friends of the Prince Edward, a community group supported by Hackney Irish Social Club, local residents, pub regulars and the UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

According to a press release issued by the Friends of the Prince Edward, the listing "provides welcome protection from developers" as the pub "cannot be changed into any other use, or demolished, without planning permission".

Set to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year, the pub is particularly "popular with members of Hackney's West Indian community".

Indeed, under its present tenant, who has operated the pub for the past six years, it has become "famous for its friendly Caribbean music nights" that have attracted "a loyal following of regulars".

However, in 2012 Punch Taverns sold the Prince Edward to property developer Sandeep Johal, who, the Rake & Herald is glad to report, was last year refused planning permission from the "pub friendly" council to demolish it and subsequently desecrate the spot with luxury flats.

Reinforcing this 2014 decision, the new ACV status means that the local community will now have the opportunity to bid for the pub should the owner seek to sell it.

The listing thus prevents this "treasured local [facility] being sold 'under the radar'."

"We are delighted with this decision by Hackney Council to recognise the social importance of the Prince Edward," says Friends of the Prince Edward organiser Josh Clarke.

"The pub has been here since 1866 and has served generations of Hackney dwellers."

"It's important that this diverse borough retains a rich mix of communal space for neighbours and visitors to socially interact."

"The South Hackney area has lost many pubs to development in the past few years and we are proud to be standing up for what we have left."

Here, bloody here!

The ACV designation is the fifth such listing in the borough, with the Prince Edward the second pub to attain this status after the Chesham Arms was added to the register in 2013.

As previously reported on the Rake & Herald, this listing played a major part in saving the Chesham from a similarly disgusting fate.

In fact, the press release notes, the partially gutted Chesham now looks set to once more open its doors to the public this July.

Building on the success of the Chesham and Prince Edward listings, CAMRA "hopes to nominate many more Hackney pubs for ACV registration in the coming months".

And all here at the Rake & Herald wish them well in that.

Save our pubs!

Boozers not bollocks!

For more info on how and why to list your local, have a click of this.

See also Victory for the Chesham, posted 7/5/15.

Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist, geographer and world traveller who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. He has written on numerous subjects for various publications and can be contacted by email here.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: The Prince Edward in 2008 by Ewan Munro from London, UK.

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