Micro-pub in Hither Green gets the green light

Lewisham councillors voted unanimously in favour of an application for a new micro-pub in Hither Green last night.

MathBrew, which will sell “quality beer and real ale” with the intention of making a “community pub” for locals to gather, was granted planning permission to open on Springbank Road.

Councillor Silvana Kelleher said the pub could bring some “much needed life” back into the area, particularly commercial areas around the train station, which “suffered terribly in the 80s and hasn’t recovered since”.

Local residents voiced their support of the application, with hopes the pub will encourage regeneration, News Shopper reported.

Addressing the planning committee, resident Jenny Martin said: “It’s a place for community members like me to gather and play some board games and drink some craft beers and go home by 10 o’clock.

“It will improve the street and encourage businesses to join the parade, but most importantly it will prevent further erosion of the character of our street.”

Fellow supporter Paddy Duffy said there were no facilities for locals to socialise.

“Families in the area are desperate for a facility, we need somewhere to go,” he said.

“The parade needs some regeneration and that is the first step in that. it will feed into more local economy. we are very in support of it.”

The pub will close by 10pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.

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