Published on February 28th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Pub closed for more than 40 years back in the running
A long-lost stop on Cambridge’s famous ‘King Street Run’ of pubs could soon reopen.
The Earl Grey closed in 1968 and has been a shop and offices since then but now James Hoskins, who manages the St Radegund along the street, has been given planning permission to turn back the clock.
Some neighbours are opposing the change at number 60, raising concerns about increased noise and crime, and Mr Hoskins still needs to get an alcohol licence.
Success in that battle would reverse the long-running trend of pub closures and add another drinking hole to the itinerary of the traditional student bar crawl, which currently also includes the Champion of the Thames, the Bun Shop, and the King Street Run itself.
Planning permission was granted by members of the city council’s west/central area committee, who imposed conditions requiring the pub to close by 11pm apart from on Fridays and Saturdays, when the cut-off time would be midnight.
Cllr John Hipkin, who represents Castle, said well-run pubs should be supported.
He said: “There are alcohol service stations pumping the stuff out as fast as they can to over-willing consumers and there are traditional pubs, and in the city we have both.
“It would be a dreadful day for Cambridge if we turned our back on the idea of the amenable, convivial pub where people can go and have a drink without getting drunk out of their heads. I don’t want to see decent, well-managed pubs close, particularly in King Street, which has the famous King Street Run.”
The use of the rear courtyard will be controlled and further conditions could be imposed if the licensing committee supports the proposals.
This is by no means certain because the premises are located within the cumulative impact zone, where consents are tightly controlled because of alcohol-fuelled crime and anti-social behaviour.
All of the members voted in support of the plans apart from Market ward’s Cllr Colin Rosenstiel, who abstained.
He said small pubs could operate in residential areas without causing a nuisance, but said the construction of Manor Place and Malcolm Place since 1968 had “radically changed” the area’s character.
Source : Cambridge News