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New water tap erected in Kentish Town next to Victorian fountain

Campaign to get historic fountain flowing again continues

24 July, 2019 — By Dan Carrier

LIKE an oasis offering much-needed refreshment to the parched commuter, it might have been presumed a new water fountain near Kentish Town station would be universally welcomed.

But the unveiling of a new free water tap has been criticised, as it is just yards away from a listed Victorian fountain that has stood defunct for years despite a campaign to get it flowing again.

Jo Sherren, the owner of the Southampton Arms pub in Highgate Road, has led the calls to get the historic one working.

She said: “While a water fountain is welcome, this adds to the street clutter, does not look nice and it just a few feet away from a Victorian landmark.”

Ms Sherren added: “I know we are in an environmental emergency and we must use refillable water bottles, but in the long term the Victorian water fountain should be restored.”

Jo Sherren, the owner of the Southampton Arms

The original fountain was installed in memory of Temperance Society campaigner Joseph Payne.

The new dispenser was paid for by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Thames Water, and is one of 50 across London in a pilot scheme. Two others can be found in Camden High Street, and Russell Square.

Mr Khan said: “Our network of water fountains will help people refill on the go and become much-loved additions to our public spaces, stations and busy areas of the capital.”

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