Bad News 😕
Several pubs in our Branch area have either closed or under threat. If you know anything about any of the pubs listed, or would like to help, please get in touch. Local press are showing an interest in issue of pub closures, so might be worth checking your local paper, or GetSurrey website. A newspaper item on one landlord’s fight to save his livelihood and local community is well worth a read. Also an item on BBC News website.
Good News 😀 I mean REALLY Good News
All pubs in England are fully protected in planning law from 23rd May 2017. A full planning application and community consultation will be necessary before they can be demolished or converted. Prior to this new law, pubs in England could be demolished or converted without planning permission unless they had been granted Asset of Community Value (ACV) status. This follows a successful campaign led by CAMRA members that highlighting the need for Government to act to protect community pubs. Now, please let’s all keep an eye on those planning applications in Runnymede and Spelthorne.
One to worry about though is that the Tenancy for the Beehive in Middle Hill is up FOR SALE. If you fancy having a go at running this community local, details were available on Fuller’s Run Your Own Pub website, but not now, so maybe someone’s taken it on? With the amount of student accomodation being squeezed in nearby, there must be a future for this pub? Anyone got further info? (July’17)
George in Guildford Street was sold at Auction as a ‘development opportunity’ in April 2015 and still boarded up in April’17. Anyone got ANY news?
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Black Horse demolished and in April 2016 planning permission given for a pair of semi detached houses and 6 flats.
Following various incarnations including a ‘gentleman’s club’ legal issues and other problems, the Bugle Returns was boarded up in November 2015. In January 2017 planning permission was granted for demolition and replacement by a housing development, but pub still there surrounded by hoardings Apr’17. Any News?
Slightly Older Closures ….
The Gardeners Arms was de-licenced in 1934 when, like The Plough, it became a petrol station. The site is now occupied by Trident Honda.