Fury over ‘ugly’ Wetherspoons shuttered for six years – as chain tries to sell

LOCALS living next door to a dilapidated Wetherspoons have slammed the pub giant for letting it become an “eyesore”.
Two four-storey blocks overlook the crumbling former Grape and Grain pub in Crystal Palace, south London.

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And those living inside Stratos Heights ([pictured behind the pub) have put up with the ‘ugly’ empty building for as long as they can rememberCredit: developcroydon.com

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Ana Timoteo, 33, a public sector worker, told how the rest of the area is ‘lovely’ but ruined by the closed-down pubCredit: Kevin Dunnett

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The popular pub giant had grand plans to extend the building up by two storeys, building a glamorous roof terrace overlooking the park. Pictured, a CGI mock up of the planned workCredit: jd weatherspoons

And those living inside Stratos Heights have put up with the “ugly” empty building for as long as they can remember.
Vanessa, 34, who didn’t want to give her surname, said the old pub is a “complete eyesore”, describing the ruined building as “gross”.
She added: “We’ve been here two years and the pub has been there derelict the entire time. It’s gross, a complete eyesore. It’s not nice to look out at.
“It blocks the entire view out our window. It’s ugly.”

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The pub, once a popular music venue boasting a dance hall, shuttered in November 2017 when it was bought up by Wetherspoons.

GRAND PLANS
The popular pub giant had grand plans to extend the building up by two storeys, building a glamorous roof terrace overlooking the park.
An application was approved by Bromley Council in May 2019, but the project was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Building work never began.

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Now the pub boasts crumbling paintwork and a six-foot graffiti-spattered security fence – keeping out intruders.
Wetherspoons takes its security seriously, with a towering CCTV camera facing out onto the busy street below.

And locals are worried about what could happen next.
Vanessa added: “I’m really concerned with who’s going to buy it and how loud it’ll be. We already get quite a lot of noise from other pubs nearby. If it reopens as a pub it’ll be pretty grim.”

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