Com­mu­nity as­set boost in bid to save ‘vi­tal’ pub

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

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.”

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