04:40PM, Wednesday 24 August 2016
A much-loved Maidenhead pub could soon shut its doors after the owner decided to sell it, prompting its regulars to discuss a community takeover.
The Craufurd Arms, in Gringer Hill, is available for buyers to purchase after the company that owns it, the Wellington Pub Company, placed its freehold up for sale.
It is designated an Asset of Community Value and this requires those who registered it as such to be notified when it is put up for sale.
Those interested in taking over the pub, including many regulars, are set to meet tonight (Wednesday) and will have six weeks to present their proposals for the pub.
If a plan is put together, they will have six months to get the money to meet the Wellington Pub Company’s asking price.
Mark Newcombe, from the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), who helped register the Craufurd Arms as a community asset, said he was hopeful a group of the pub’s regulars could come together to run it as a co-operative.
He had been notified about the potential sale yesterday (Tuesday).
He said: “It’s my local pub.
“With the closure of the Farmer’s Boy, we won’t have any more pubs in north Maidenhead.
“It’ll be the only pub left in the village," he joked.
When a landowner wants to sell an Asset of Community Value, they must notify the council.
However, even if the group is able to put a plan together within six weeks, and then raise the required capital, there is no obligation for the owner to sell to them.
The Craufurd Arms was listed by an unincorporated body, the Furze Platt Action Group, which had been formed in 2013 to try and save the Golden Harp.
The Wellington Pub Company has been contacted for comment.
The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Craufurd Arms. The public are welcome to attend.
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