Bid to use former pub for village
A bid to protect a historic pub in Sturry has been launched by the parish council.
It wants to register the former Swan Inn in the High Street as a community asset, a move which would provide it with a layer of protection from development.
Such status, granted to buildings deemed to be of intrinsic value to a local community, would mean consultations before any change of use, and that local groups would be allowed to bid should it come up for sale.
Currently being used as a house, the pub closed down five years ago and the distinctive building has since been put on the market for £895,000.
Parish council chairman Ashley Bubb said: “By registering it as a local community asset we now have some breathing space as the owner cannot sell it without us having the opportunity to put in a bid.
“We could maybe move our offices there or use the building for events and meetings. Ultimately, it will be a place that the community can use – it will be a hub for the village.
“A lot of residents fear that Sturry is losing the feel that it used to have.”
The Swan Inn in Sturry High Street