Parish councillors put forward idea to buy village pub
10:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
PARISH councillors trying to save their village pub held a meeting to discuss buying the building as a community asset.
The Bell and Castle in Horsley has been vacant since May 2008.
Owner Stag Developments, which is run by a Horsley couple, has planning permission to convert the pub and intend to sell the building.
Residents were invited to a meeting of Horsley Parish Council on Saturday, September 21, to discuss the pub’s future.
It was explained that the council could take out a loan to buy the building but that remaining funds needed would be added as a fee to all residents of Horsley of £50 a year.
Cllr Kate Kaye said: “We have to think about the pub being part of our community or it is sold on the open market.
“The risk there is that should the business not be viable the new owner could ask for change of us and the pub could become a residential premises’.
An informal vote was cast and the majority of residents objected.
A subcommittee has been formed with residents to look into other options.
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