Friday, 24 April 2015

Lib Dem victory as five year fight sees first new pub for 30 years

Cambridge’s first new pub for 30 years will open in the city today (Friday, April 24) thanks to a five year campaign by the Liberal Democrats.

They went into battle backed by residents who signed a petition after the Queen Edith pub was threatened with demolition to make way for housing in 2010.

Lib Dem Cambridge City Councillors at the time, Jean Swanson, Amanda Taylor and Viki Sanders, argued that it was vital to preserve a pub on the Wulfstan Way site because it was an essential community facility. They voted against the plans defeating them.

Developers submitted another planning application to build a new pub alongside a one bedroom apartment for the pub manager, a two bed apartment and a separate block of 12 two bed apartments with car parking.

Now five years on, the new Queen Edith will be run by Milton Brewery and will open its doors for business at noon today.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor, Amanda Taylor, who represents Queen Edith’s said: “We are delighted that this new pub will be opening for business and we wish it every success.

“We have lost so many pubs in Cambridge over the last 10 years that it’s good to see a new one opening at last. Our pubs are so vital for our communities and we hope everyone will give the Queen Edith their support.”