Community asset boost in bid to save ‘vital’ pub
A CAMPAIGN to save a pub has scored a partial victory in the battle to prevent it being demolished.
Cheshire East Council has agreed to list The Black Swan in Lower Withington as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ after a petition from the Friends of the Black Swan Action Group.
The status is given to property deemed to be important to a community and gives the pub greater protection from development.
But the group, which has the support of Lower Withington Parish Council, is rallying support to stop a developer which has submitted plans to demolish the popular meeting place and replace it with five homes.
Dozens of people have registered their objection to the scheme via the council’s planning portal in a desperate bid to save it. Tim Pearson, of Friends of the Black Swan Action Group said: “We are fighting to save our village pub from demolition and developers.
“Its long heritage, valuable contribution to jobs and the local economy and, most importantly, its vital role in the creation and development of social wellbeing are irreplaceable and our goal is to see it reopened asap.”