Campaign group to save Saffron Walden pub from housing holds first AGM

PUBLISHED: 14:05 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:05 22 February 2017

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden

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A campaign group aiming to stop a historic Saffron Walden pub from being turned into housing held its first AGM last week.

STRAP (Save The Railway Arms Pub) met on Wednesday, February 15, to discuss the future of the Station Road pub, which was closed and put up for sale by owners Charles Wells in January.

STRAP says that while the Railway is being offered to the licensed and leisure market, the site is also considered to have potential for conversion or redevelopment to other uses.

The well attended AGM at the Kings Arms heard an update on Saffron Walden Town Council’s Asset of Community Value (ACV) nomination, which will go before Uttlesford District Council at a cabinet meeting on March 30.

If the Railway, which was built in 1865, is registered as an ACV, any sale could be delayed for up to six months to allow a local community group to raise the money to buy the pub.

Dave Kenny, STRAP chairman, said: “It was very positive. Since Wednesday, there have been many offers of help and a growing interest in a community share issue.

“Discussions with local brewers have raised the prospect of re-opening the Railway as Saffron Walden’s first community pub with locally produced beers on offer and possibly even a micro-brewery on site.”

Anyone interested in joining STRAP and becoming involved in the campaign to Save The Railway and/or investing in a community share issue should contact Dave Kenny at davekenny@gmx.com.

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