Public take action to save last remaining village pub
‘If it is sold it gives community groups right to bid if they choose’
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.”
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