Squatters Move Into Morden Tavern

Video clip shows internal damage

There are reports that a third group of squatters have moved into the empty Morden Tavern site.

Merton Borough Council's planning committee turned down plans for retail units, flats, houses and maisonettes on the site in Central Road, Morden, earlier this year.

Developers Reef Estates appealed against that decision - with the hearing taking place on August 1.

But now St Helier Pub Group, which has been fighting the £1 million plans, says a group of squatters have moved into the site. A video has been produced (below) of the internal damage to the pub.

The building, which is actually owned by the council, datest back to 1932 and was 'locally listed' in 2010 as a typical period building, designed by highly-regarded architect Sir Harry Redfern.

A spokesman for the campaign group said: "It is with dismay that we again discovers that Reef Estates are not fit custodians of the Historic Morden Tavern. It has been allowed to sit empty for over two years now.

"On Friday night (July 20) a third set of squatters moved into the property. The squatters report that the building had pigeons nesting in the rooms and that there is sign of water damage."

Video - Inside the Morden Tavern


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August 7, 2012