launched to safeguard future of village pub near Burnham-On-Sea
living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea have this week launched
a bid to safeguard the future of their village pub.
Watchfield Inn has been closed for more than four months and its
owner, Enterprise Inns, is currently seeking a new landlord.
Burnham Without Parish Council - which fears for its future -
has applied on behalf of local people to register the pub as an
'asset of community value' with Sedgemoor District Council.
Gordon, Chairman of the parish council, pictured, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com he is keen to get feedback from local people
on how the property could be used.
people want to save it as a country pub, but not everyone - there
are mixed views," he said. "A note has been delivered
to everyone in the area to encourage them to give us their feedback."
parish council has applied on behalf of everyone locally to register
the pub as an asset of community value with the district council."
parish council has applied to give everyone time to consider what
might happen to the pub. Both we and the owners have eight weeks
to consider before the pub is placed on this register."
practice, if the application is successful, then the owners would
have to inform the local community as to what they proposed doing
with the pub and the linked campsite - for example, if they were
not intending to continue to run the pub as a going concern."
before early August, we'd like to hear from local residents about
what is preferred to happen next."
parish council is also planning to hold a public meeting in September
for local people to air their views about the site.
can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with
questions, and/or views about the future of the building.