Troston is a village which very much misses the once lively pub at its centre, which has been a boarded-up ‘eyesore’ for well over a year.
The Bull, which by the early 1800s had been converted from a farm to an inn, is Greene King owned and currently for sale as a freehold.
The village playing field and playground are located behind it, on land leased to the village by the Bury St Edmunds pub retailer and brewer which, it is understood, has expressed interest in developing the land into housing.
Roger Anderson, chariman of Troston Parish Council, said he expected a planning application to be submitted ‘imminently’ asking for consent to build five houses behind the ‘eyesore’ of a pub, which would be sold on separately.
As part of the deal, Mr Anderson said Greene King had offered to relocate the play area and give the village an adjacent field to use as a football pitch, creating a potential ‘win win situation’.
He said: “I think it’s very important for the future of the village that the pub issue gets sorted. It’s frustrating having that boarded-up building in the middle of the village - it doesn’t do us any favours.
“I hope we see that resolved quickly and it doesn’t drag on because I think people in the village will get more and more angry and it will be counterproductive for all concerned.”
A Greene King spokeswoman said: “The Bull at Troston is on the market and we are looking to sell it as a pub. In addition, we are planning to create a new playing field and playground for the community, to enable a new small housing development to be built alongside the pub.
“Once the proposals are agreed with Troston Parish Council we will seek planning permission, although this process may take some time.”
With few or none of the amenities that exist in other villages, it is Troston’s historical buildings that catch visitors’ attention.
Details of these are contained in a local history book compiled by Troston resident Janet Barnard prior to her death in 1995.
The now Grade II Listed village hall building was originally a school house, built in 1871 from Troston brick, and became a church hall in 1946, taking the place of the reading room as the social centre of the village.
St Mary’s is a Grade I listed church, containing medieval wall paintings conserved by an expert in 2009. They show St George and the Dragon, St Christopher and the martyrdom of St Edmund, as well as other interesting features including a fragment of a Doom above the chancel arch, historic graffiti and its pulpit and rood screen.
From 2-4.30pm on July 20, St Mary’s will host a Festival of Archaeology to discuss its interesting features, with talk by local historian Clive Paine at 2.15pm.