Campaigners given opportunity to buy Saffron Walden pub
PUBLISHED: 12:05 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:17 05 April 2017
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.