Licensee who named pub after deceased daughter hits out at bulldozing plans

By Emily Sutherland

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Plans to redevelop Euston station have put the future of the Bree Louise at risk
Plans to redevelop Euston station have put the future of the Bree Louise at risk

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A Camden publican who named his pub in honour of his daughter after she died has hit out against plans to demolish it to make way for the High Speed 2 rail project (HS2).

Craig Douglas took over the Jolly Gardens in 2004 and renamed it the Bree Louise to commemorate his daughter, who had passed away the previous year. However, if the controversial redevelopment of London’s Euston station goes ahead, the award-winning pub will be bulldozed.

Speaking in front of a House of Commons select committee earlier this week, Douglas urged the government to change its mind.

“I ask that HS2 try to do everything within their power to use the existing footprint of Euston station for the design. Having been at the Bree Louise for 12 years now, it’s my house, my home, my family home, my family business.

“For the last 11 years, we’ve continued to invest in the property and in the last 18 months alone, we’ve invested £50,000 to keep the pub on tops of its game.”

He added: “We employ over 20 members of staff, all of whom are devoted and I’m proud to say we pay the living wage not the minimum wage. It’s what we do, because I think it’s the right thing to do.”

The government argues that the rail line, which will create a new high-speed route between London and the West Midlands, will provide jobs and stimulate economic growth.

However, critics say the plans will be too expensive, damage the environment and cause many people to lose their homes and businesses. 

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