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Petition launched to save Farmers Boy pub

A bid to save yet another pub in Maidenhead from closure has been launched.

Richard Price, in Cranbrook Drive, returned from working in Australia around a month ago to hear The Farmers Boy, in Harrow Lane, is up for sale.

The copywriter set up a petition to apply for the pub to be recognised as an asset of community value (ACV) and submitted it to the Royal Borough on Monday, after being ‘saddened’ by all the pubs closing or under threat in the town.

He said: “The problem is that the value is placed on its property value, not on the benefits it provides to the community.

“Several teams are based at the pub, and it’s a place that is used by families to celebrate all types of occasions.

“The Golden Harp has already gone, the Waggon & Horses and the Craufurd Arms are at risk, it’s really sad.”

Mark Newcombe, from the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said: “We’ve heard there has been quite a significant offer on the pub.

“We fully support any attempt to turn any pubs into assets of community value.

“But I fear it will be harder for this one because of its value, and the size of the property.”

An asset of community value (ACV) is land or property of importance to a local community which is subject to additional protection from development under the Localism Act 2011.

The Farmers Boy is owned by Greene King.

The pub company has been contacted for comment.

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