Campaigners given opportunity to buy Saffron Walden pub

PUBLISHED: 12:05 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 05 April 2017

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden

The Railway Arms pub in Saffron Walden


Campaigners fighting to stop a historic Saffron Walden pub from being turned into housing have been handed an opportunity to buy the building - after an order was granted last week.

The Railway Arms pub, in Station Road, is now subject to an Asset of Community Value (ACV) order, which means a six-month moratorium can be triggered by a community group who wishes to table a bid.

The ACV order does not, however, require the owners – Charles Wells – to sell the pub to a community group, or at a discounted price.

The unanimous decision to grant the order was taken at UDC’s cabinet meeting on Thursday (March 30), which delighted campaigners from action group STRAP – Save the Railway Arms Pub.

Dave Kenny, chairman, said: “It’s great news and now gives us a good chance of saving the pub. The community interest and level of support we have from organisations such as More Than a Pub will enable us to formulate a plan to go forward.

“We’re looking into different ways we can go about it at the moment, including a possible share issue.”

Charles Wells did not want to comment.

A STRAP meeting will take place tonight (Wednesday, April 5) at the Kings Arms Pub in Saffron Walden, starting at 7.45pm. All are welcome.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter