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

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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.

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