Charles Wells fighting council over Saffron Walden pub sale

PUBLISHED: 08:57 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:22 17 May 2017

Residents have turned out in force to show their support for the Save the Railway Arms Pub campaign. Picture: STRAP

Residents have turned out in force to show their support for the Save the Railway Arms Pub campaign. Picture: STRAP

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The owners of a historic Saffron Walden pub are fighting the council's decision to safeguard the building from potential housing development.

Brewer Charles Wells has put the Railway Arms, in Station Road, on the market for general sale and lodged an appeal over the decision to list the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) on May 8.

Uttlesford District Council says the appeal over the ACV order needs to be determined by July 3.

In accordance with the ACV order, Charles Wells’ decision to sell the building means the initial six-week moratorium has now been triggered, giving community interest groups until June 19 to request in writing their intention to bid.

If notice is given, the full moratorium period of six months will come into force, ending on November 8.

The ACV order does not mean Charles Wells has to sell to a community group – or at a discounted price.

Campaign group STRAP – Save the Railway Arms Pub – has already raised £85,000 towards a potential purchase and is seeking more support.

Dave Kenny, chairman of STRAP, said: “We currently have over £85k of pledges received to date, but it is extremely important that we raise more over the coming weeks.

“The more pledges we raise, the more attractive we will look to grant providers, financiers and community lenders.

“If local residents would like to save their pub by becoming a community shareholder then they can visit www.strap.org.uk where they can gather all the necessary information and complete or download a pledge form.”

For more information on STRAP, call 07947 169491, search STRAP on Facebook or Twitter, or click here to visit their website.

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