Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Another ray of hope for The Vulcan

From Wales Online:

A DEAL to safeguard the Vulcan pub from demolition could soon be on the table.

Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman revealed he is hopeful an agreement will be signed in the next three weeks to give the historic tavern a reprieve.

The council was “near to getting something finalised” with the Adamsdown alehouse’s owner, Derek Rapport, Councillor Berman said.

As reported in the Echo on Saturday, Brian Smart – the landlord of the tiled Victorian drinking spot – has been told he has to be out of the building by June 25.

Coun Berman said: “Time is now of the essence. I am hoping that we can get this announced as soon as possible.

“We have had positive talks leaving us with the clear impression that the pub’s lease can be extended. I have had no reason to believe that I’ve been hoodwinked but obviously until you see something in writing, you cannot say for definite.”

He added: “I have asked council officers to again make contact with all the parties involved in those discussions to see if we can now progress them to a satisfactory conclusion.

“As far as the council is concerned, I know that we are doing all that we can but we need to move on now to reaching a firm agreement.”

Full article here.

Also a link here to a Wales Online interview with Conservative Health Secretary Ken Clarke when he visited the Vulcan earlier in the year.

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