A Dagenham pub, where rock bands Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground once played, has been classified a ‘community asset’ by Barking and Dagenham Council.
The Roundhouse is located on Lodge Avenue. Its new status means the owners will have to notify the council if they want to sell it, so local community groups will have an opportunity to make an offer.
Plans to re-open The Roundhouse as a music venue were mooted last year.
Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said: “This is a major step in protecting the Roundhouse, where some of the greatest names in rock played.
“It would be scandalous to see this iconic east London venue lost to the community and London. It’s a part of British rock history and needs to be preserved.”
The decision by the council was in response to an application for Community Right to Bid for an Asset of Community Value Nomination by the South West Essex Branch of CAMRA – (Campaign for Real Ale).
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