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Antwerp Arms Association appeals for support to buy 161-year-old Antwerp Arms pub in Tottenham
Campaigners have appealed for support in their attempt to buy a £480,000 pub which have been a part of the community for the past 161 years.
The Antwerp Arms Association is trying to buy the Antwerp Arms pub, in Church Road, Tottenham, which has stood at the site since 1852.
Earlier this month Haringey Borough Council approved an application to have the pub declared an asset of community value after its owner Enterprise Inns tried to sell the building in June.
Chris Lane, the chairman of the association, said he was pleased with decision but added that more needed to be done.
He said: “Our plan, with the help of the community, is to buy the pub and turn it into a community hub that everyone can use.
“We are trying to keep people in the picture and trying to get the money together.”
Now the building is listed as an asset the council must be made aware of any decision to sell it.
It can then initiate a holding period of between six weeks and six months to allow the community group to enter a bid to buy the pub.
The group is planning a shared ownership scheme so people in the community can buy shares in the pub
The association is also working with the Plunkett Foundation, which supports social enterprises, and the Social Investment Business group to make to create business plan for the venture.
Mr Lane added: “The building is locally listed, it is in a conservation area and it’s surrounded by natural beauty.
“We are working with various groups to try to come up with a clear idea of what we are going to do with the pub if we do buy it.
“One thing we know is if we buy it will be run as a pub for the community and to promote the area.”
The association is hosting an event at pub on Saturday, November 2, for a day of family and games and to keep people informed of their plans.
The event will run from 2pm to 5pm.
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