Steve asks Wetherspoons to rethink Thornton Heath pub closure
Steve Reed MP has written to Wetherspoons asking them to rethink damaging plans to close their pub in Thornton Heath. The Flora Sandes, opposite Thornton Heath train station, faces closure if the pub chain fail to renew their lease.
Steve wrote to Wetherspoons asking them to clarify their plans, and whether they had plans to open in an alternative site in Thornton Heath.
A group of Thornton Heath residents have also launched a petition calling on Wetherspoons to keep the Flora Sandes open – you can sign it here.
Steve Reed MP said:
The Flora Sandes sits at the heart of Thornton Heath and its closure would be a blow to the ongoing efforts of Croydon’s Labour Council to regenerate the area after years of neglect under the Tories.
I hope that Wetherspoons will listen to the many residents who want to see the Flora Sandes continue to serve the community in Thornton Heath
Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Minister for Children and Families. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.
Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.