Bid to use for­mer pub for vil­lage

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

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

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