Village looks to save pub from closure

PUBLISHED: 11:12 10 July 2015

Watchfield Inn.

Watchfield Inn.

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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.

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