Pub­lic take ac­tion to save last re­main­ing vil­lage pub

‘If it is sold it gives com­mu­nity groups right to bid if they choose’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

A VIL­LAGE hopes to re­tain its last pub after get­ting it listed as a key com­mu­nity as­set.

The move will mean vil­lagers will have the right to bid for the pub if it ever gets put on the mar­ket in the fu­ture.

The Rose and Crown Pub, in Holly­bush Hill, Stoke Po­ges, has been listed to safe­guard its fu­ture fol­low­ing a grow­ing trend for de­vel­op­ers to buy pubs and turn them into hous­ing

Peo­ple made the move after The Dog and Pot and The Bells closed leav­ing just the Rose and Crown.

Chair­man of Stoke Po­ges Parish Coun­cil, Ralph Bagge, said: “The other two pubs closed, mean­ing there was only The Rose and Crown.

“The vil­lage re­solved to have it listed as a com­mu­nity as­set.”

The idea is to see which build­ings are key to an area and put them on a regis­tered list, so if they are to be sold, com­mu­nity groups have the right to bid if they so choose.

The right is en­shrined in the Lo­cal­ism Bill.

Mr Bagge added: “It doesn’t guar­an­tee it will go to the com­mu­nity but it does give them a chance. It also means we have a chance to keep the pub in the vil­lage. It’s meant for pubs, post of­fices and shops, things that are unique or im­por­tant to the vil­lage.”

The coun­cil tried to use the right to save the Dog and Pot Pub, but were un­suc­cess­ful as The Bell was still open at the time.

Mr Bagge said: “We tried to do it for Dog and Pot but it didn’t hap­pen, as The Bells was still open so the ar­gu­ment was there was still a pub as an as­set, which is the point of the right.

“The Dog and Pot has now gone on to be de­vel­oped with the pad­dock be­ing turned into apart­ments so it makes it more im­por­tant to keep the Rose and Crown.”

What do you think? Are there any build­ings you think should be listed? Email buck­snews@trin­ity


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