RED LION ROARS BACK TO LIFE

Cam­paign­ers save pub from re­de­vel­op­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A MUCH-LOVED Knotty Green pub has been saved from devel­op­ment, thanks to cam­paign­ers who fought hard to keep it open.

The Red Lion, in Penn Road, will re­main op­er­at­ing as a pub fol­low­ing a meeting between the sup­port­ers group and own­ers Punch Tav­erns ear­lier this month.

A state­ment from the Red Lion Sup­port­ers Group reads: “We were de­lighted when Punch told us that they no longer see the sale of the pub for a change of use is re­al­is­tic and that they are com­mit­ted to mak­ing it work as a pub.

“We are now look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Punch Tav­erns to help shape the fu­ture of the pub.”

The 16th cen­tury pub faced clo­sure in Jan­uary af­ter it was sold to devel­op­ers, but pun­ters ral­lied round and formed a cam­paign group, Save the Red Lion, to pre­vent it from be­ing turned into houses.

The devel­op­ers even­tu­ally pulled out of the deal, but since then the pub has had a ques­tion mark hang­ing over its fu­ture.

Now, thanks to cam­paign work by the sup­port­ers group, Punch has con­firmed the pub will not be put up for sale.

A Punch spokesper­son said: “We can con­firm that we are no longer look­ing to sell the Red Lion, in Knotty Green, and that the pub is cur­rently open and trad­ing to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We are de­lighted to say that we are as­sess­ing plans for sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the Red Lion and see the pub as part of our long-term plans.”

Land­lord Steven Scowen said: “I think it’s very good that the pub re­mains open. It’s a land­mark pub.

“I thank [the sup­port­ers group] for all their sup­port, all the peo­ple who signed the pe­ti­tion.

“They de­serve to keep their pub and long may it con­tinue.”

Nico Wil­son, com­mit­tee mem­ber of the Red Lion Sup­port­ers Group, said: “We’re de­lighted that Punch is go­ing to work with the com­mu­nity to im­prove the pub and keep it open.

“We’re pleased the cam­paign has been suc­cess­ful.

“We’re go­ing to show what a great suc­cess it can be.”

The Red Lion in Knotty Green

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