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No firm date for work on boarded-up Constitution pub

Young's 'looking at the site'

06 October, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

The Constitution was shut down in February

THE owners of a boarded-up Camden Town pub, which was once at the heart of the community, has no firm date for renovation work.

Brewery and pub firm Young’s bought The Constitution, in St Pancras Way, in February, causing outrage when they immediately laid off all staff and closed the doors without any notice.

They claimed at the time this was due to health and safety reasons and that it was not fit for purpose – a view not shared by regulars and workers at the pub, which had been trading right up to the moment the sale was signed off. Now, former customers are worried by the state of the building as it stands empty.

Camden Town Labour councillor Richard Cotton said: “It’s one of the best community pubs in Camden and my local. It is terrible to see it in the state it is in and we have fears that it will not come back at all. The landlady had fought before to stop it being turned into flats about a decade ago and there is the worry that such plans may be afoot once again.”

Ward councillor Richard Cotton

A spokesman for Young’s told the New Journal they were currently “reviewing plans for the site”, and were looking at “what improvements can be made”.

Young’s were unable to offer concrete information as to when any building work might take place, nor what their vision would be for the pub, including whether the popular cellar bar that hosted live music will reopen – and a date for any plans to be made available.

A spokesman added: “We will share details when we can. We want to bring it up to Young’s standards. The process of looking at the site has begun.”

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