Village looks to save pub from closure

PUBLISHED: 11:12 10 July 2015

Watchfield Inn.

Watchfield Inn.

Archant

A village pub could be saved from the threat of closure after residents launched a new campaign to win the building legal protection.

The Watchfield Inn has been closed since March while a new landlord was sought for the pub, which sits on the corner of Church Road and Southwick Road in Watchfield.

The pub is owned by Enterprise Inns and has been advertised through the company’s website.

The ad says the business could enjoy a turnover in excess of £235,000 a year, with the pub’s annual rent set at £18,000.

Burnham Without Parish Council has now applied to register the pub as an asset of community value, which would, under planning laws, require Enterprise to inform Sedgemoor District Council if the firm intended to sell the property.

The law also means that, should a group wish to buy the pub, it would be given six months to raise the necessary money.

Parish chairman Alistair Gordon said: “We 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.”

People within the parish have been contacted to encourage feedback on the local feeling regarding the pub’s future, with responses sought by early August, and a village meeting planned for the following month.

For more information on the evening or to have your voice heard on the pub’s future, email watchfieldsomerset@gmail.com.

More from Weston Mercury

23 minutes ago

There are delays on the M5 tonight (Monday) after a crash involving two cars between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare.

Read more

Plans to build a further 67 houses in a tourist village have been given the green light.

Read more

Rubbish collections were delayed by ‘mindless vandals’ after a tyre-slashing rampage took place in Weston-super-Mare at the weekend.

Read more
14:20

Villagers are concerned more than 60 trees could be cut down to build six homes in Winscombe.

Read more
15:00

Two friends from school have opened up a new business in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare

A fun fundraising week saw students look back over years of show business.

Read more

Weston Lions Club members picked up their bin bags and litter-pickers and took to Kewstoke last week.

Read more
09:29

Weston’s coastguard and RNLI crews were called, mid-way through yesterday’s (Sunday’s) remembrance service, to rescue a kite-surfer who was in trouble.

Read more
08:00

There has been a significant increase in the number of syphilis cases in recent months.

Read more
06:51

Police swooped on suspected drug dealers in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists