The director of a community interest company hoping to buy a village’s closed pub says they have enough funding to make a “realistic” bid for the premises.
A group of Garboldisham residents first got together six years ago to get The Fox Inn back open for business, and on Sunday celebrated the creation of the Garboldisham Fox Community Interest Company.
The pub, owned by the Wellington Pub Company, has served the village on and off since at least 1774, but has been closed since February 2007.
More than 200 turned up to celebrate the milestone of the company’s formation with a Barrel and Barbie Party, which was also attended by South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss and Breckland Council leader William Nunn.
Peter Smith, director of the company, said enough funding was in place to make a “realistic” bid for the freehold, with a six-month period allowing the group to make an exclusive offer set to expire on Wednesday, June 1.
“We had a meeting on Tuesday with our solicitor who has promised to get that done this week in time to meet the June 1 deadline,” he said.
I think it is over to the pub company then to decide if they want to acknowledge how strong a case we have, that change of use is never going to happen and do the decent thing and let us get on with reviving our pubPeter Smith
“I think it is over to the pub company then to decide if they want to acknowledge how strong a case we have, that change of use is never going to happen and do the decent thing and let us get on with reviving our pub.
“Although we have undoubtedly come a long way, it has to be admitted that, this is only a beginning and the road ahead is still pretty steep. At least if we have the buildings in our own hands we will be masters of our own destiny and can then get on with the job of refurbishment.
“We had a fabulous day on Sunday. Weather was good, and we managed to drink the Hoxne Brewery’s converted horse box dry.”