bid to safeguard future of their pub near Burnham gets boost
living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea are celebrating this week
after their bid to save their village pub was given a major boost.
Watchfield Inn has been closed for over eight months. And Burnham
Without Parish Council, which fears for its future, has this week
been told its bid to register the pub as an 'asset of community
value' with Sedgemoor District Council has been successful.
Gordon, Chairman of the Parish Council, pictured, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are delighted that the Watchfield
Inn here in Watchfield is now successfully registered as a Asset
of Community Value."
kick off the hard work, we are holding a first-step public meeting
on 4th November in Watchfield Village Hall at 7pm."
many interested ex-customers and locals are invited along. We
aim to explore all the options open for us to try and have the
pub re-opened in 2016."
registration gives time for everyone interested to consider what
future options there might be for the pub. Amongst other obligations
for the pub owners, registration means that if there is an intention
to change its existing use, they will have to inform the local
community what they propose doing instead."
Watchfield Inn has remained shut since February and it is no longer
advertised for letting or sale by Enterprise Inns, the owners,
Gordon added: "The owners have chosen to remain silent on
any future plans they have."
a slight twist to the registration itself, Sedgemoor District
Council was unable to register the associated camp site behind
the pub as the law involved doesnt cover such an area. The
pubs car park, though, has been included.
interested in the application but who can't make the meeting can
contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be kept informed.