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Villagers fighting to save Marquis Cornwallis pub in Chedburgh shocked to see it appear for sale on eBay




Villagers fighting to save their village pub were shocked to see the the building and associated land for sale on eBay at a price of nearly £1 million.

The Marquis Cornwallis pub, in Chedburgh, closed in October 2016 and villagers set up a community benefit society to try to buy and save it as a community hub.

But Dr Jean Dillon, administrator for the Chedburgh Marquis Community Hub (CMCH), said she was 'surprised' to see the pub appear on the online auction site for offers in the region of £495,000 as well as associated land valued at £475,000.

Members of Chedburgh Marquis Community Hub's managment committee with Mike Chester, chairman of Chedburgh Parish Council, at the Marquis Cornwallis. (11051978)
Members of Chedburgh Marquis Community Hub's managment committee with Mike Chester, chairman of Chedburgh Parish Council, at the Marquis Cornwallis. (11051978)

In a post on the pub sale on eBay, owner Steven White said: "The pub has been closed for two years, and is stripped out on the ground floor for a refit, as the village would like the addition of a coffee shop and post office incorporated into the building.

"Reduced from £695,000, offers in the region of £495,000 are sought, and an exchange, or part exchange for a property, motor yacht or land overseas may be considered.

"This is a retirement sale, no time wasters please."

The pub and land are registered as an asset of community value and CMCH have been raising money to buy and refurbish the pub.

Dr Dillon said: "I was surprised (it appeared on eBay) - mostly because I didn't realise you could buy and sell property there but evidently you can.

"I'm not sure it changes much for us. If he can find someone to pay that money that's his business and we can't stop him from selling it to anyone else.

"They're still protected in that the council have to consider the asset of community value when it makes planning decisions.

"As a group we would be perfectly happy if he sold it to someone who would run it as a pub because we just want our pub open.

"If we could raise the money to buy it we would refurbish it.

"We want to reopen it as a community hub, it wouldn't just be a pub.

"We would want to have a coffee shop during the day and we would like to have a little village shop because we have no shop in Chedburgh anymore."

They started a community share initiative in the autumn and an event is planned on June 7 from 6.30pm at the Erskine Centre to mark the launch of an online fund-raising campaign with crowdfunder.co.uk

Visit www.savethemarquis.co.uk

When contacted by the Bury Free Press, Mr White referred us to Balmforth estate agents, in Mildenhall, which has been approached for comment.



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