Jon Snow helps save pub

By John Harrington

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Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow has saved his favourite pub from development after leading outraged locals into battle. Snow hailed it a "great day for...

Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow has saved his favourite pub from development after leading outraged locals into battle.

Snow hailed it a "great day for democracy" as he celebrated saving the Torriano in Kentish Town, London.

The newsman, who lives locally, joined more than 100 residents and locals as they staged a protest on the steps of Camden Town Hall. The furious protesters turned out to reject a bid for re-development, which they said would kill off the pub.

Owners Space UK wanted to turn the two top floors into flats and the basement - a venue for theatre and live music - into a kitchen.

Libertines¹ singer Pete Doherty, who also drinks at the pub, played a benefit gig at the Torriano as efforts to save it gathered pace.

Camden councillors rejected their own officers¹ advice and rejected the controversial scheme because it threatened the future of an important community venue.

Snow, told supporters the officers¹ recommendations showed a "cavalier disregard" for the artistic merits of the building.

He said: "I know of no equivalent that will make up for the loss of this amenity. "We lose it at our peril."

Protesters cheered and clapped as seven councillors voted to block the blueprint.

Snow said: "It¹s a great day for democracy. We had the same fight with the Pineapple pub and it¹s the same thing that¹s happening time and time again.

"People are trying to develop valuable community resources into flats at a time when you can¹t even get a mortgage anyway."

Licensee Dean Kuberiana expected his lease to expire next year if the planned development took place.

"Now they will have to renew my lease, unless they appeal," he said.

"It was amazing. All of the community came to support us. It was a proper

community event."

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