At a recent meeting of the Mayor and Cabinet, the Mayor took the decision to grant Conservation Area status to the area around Cobbs Corner that includes the Greyhound public house. It was also agreed that both Silverdale sorting office and the Greyhound should be added to the local list of buildings of historic or architectural importance.
There are notices from Lewisham’s Planning Services pinned to the hoarding protecting the pub, warning that it is an offence to demolish a building in a conservation area without written consent.
Although this is excellent news the pub is still at risk so do sign the petition in Kirkdale Bookshop and other shops in Sydenham Road. The petition will form part of the objection the Sydenham Society will make to any application to demolish the Greyhound.
Gavin Stamp, renowned architectural historian, author and television presenter, gives his views on the importance of the Greyhound.
Councillor Chris Best, Sydenham and Cabinet Member for Community Services, has also explained why she feels the Greyhound and its surroundings are so important. She also gives some background information and useful links.
Other articles on the Greyhound are here and here, with a short history of the pub here. You can also read about the campaign by our neighbours in Southend Village who are trying to save two of their pubs.