attend meeting near Burnham-On-Sea to save village pub
residents living in a village near Burnham-On-Sea attended a meeting
this week to discuss saving their village pub.
Watchfield Inn has been closed for over nine months - and Burnham
Without Parish Council this week held a meeting about its future
after successfully registering the pub as a formal 'asset of community
value' earlier this year.
emerged during this week's meeting that Sarah Hazlehurst from
Bridgwater, pictured below, had come forward to offer re-opening
the premises as a pub.
want to take on the pub's lease and re-open it," she told
Burnham-On-Sea.com. "But we've been in touch with Enterprise
Inns, the ownerr, and they told us it's not financially viable
and appear not to be interested."
very frustrating - I hate to see a pub like this closed when it
could be bringing the whole community together."
resident Jean White said: "We'd like to see it stay as a
pub and be a part of the community. It's an important part of
Stamp added: "It would be good to have it back as a traditional
country pub for the village - it had a lot of skittles teams at
one point and was a great place to meet people. It's such a shame
to see it as it is."
Maurice Wall added: "Historically it was a very popular hostillery,
but it seems the current owners are not prepared to resurrect
it as a pub."
Litton added: "It would be a great shame if the pub was to
remain closed. It should be open, it's a great asset."
Gordon, Chairman of the Parish Council, pictured, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was great to see the level of local
support at the meeting - we had a good range of views about the
we jump forward, we want to explore all the options carefully
and look at some of the proposals for the building which include
turning into a day centre, a shop, a country hub and retaining
it as a pub."
public meeting was held on Wednesday (4th November) in Watchfield
Village Hall and a follow-up session will be held in January.
Watchfield Inn has remained shut since February and is no longer
advertised for letting or sale by Enterprise Inns, the owners.