A campaign is under way to save a popular pub from being turned into flats.

The London Unity pub in Islingword Road, Brighton, could soon be shutting its doors for good after being put up for sale by owner Enterprise Inns.

Landlord Alan Leach, 37, claims the brewers want to sell the pub building, which is nearly 150 years old, to property developers.

He said: “They’ve not said it in so many words but they are intending to sell it to developers so they can turn it into flats.

“They won’t sell to another publican. It’s gutting to think we’re going to be closed in a matter of months.”

Mr Leach said he had also raised concerns with Enterprise Inns about the condition of his flat above the pub.

He added: “It’s had damp since I moved in two years ago and they are refusing to take responsibility for it or sort it out. I have a three-year-old daughter and it’s not suitable living conditions for her.

“My notice period is until mid-March but I’ve told them I’m willing to stay on until about May or April, but it’s up to them.”

Twitter campaign

A Twitter account called Save London Unity has been launched and already has more than 200 followers, including MP Caroline Lucas and Brighton and Hove mayor Bill Randall.

A spokeswoman for Enterprise Inns confirmed the freehold was up for sale but added there were no restrictions on future use.

She said: “As part of our ongoing business, we do from time to time identify a pub which is unable to deliver an appropriate level of sustainable income.

"After careful consideration and a review of all options, the decision has been made to offer the freehold for sale on the open market with no restrictions on future use.

“We do not discuss the private and confidential matters between the company and our publicans.”

The news comes after another Hanover pub, The Greys, nearly closed for good after the previous landlord struggled with Enterprise Inn’s rent demands.

A new owner has since taken over and announced yesterday (January 29) the return of live music on February 4.

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