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Pub owner to challenge Farmers Boy community asset bid

The owners of the Farmers Boy pub in Harrow Lane are set to challenge a petition signed by regulars to turn it into an asset of community value.

Richard Price, from Cranbrook Drive, set up the petition and submitted it to the Royal Borough on Monday, November 28, after being ‘saddened’ by the number of pubs closing or under threat in the town.

But in an email seen by the Advertiser, the agency working on behalf of owners Greene King, Freeths LLP, said it would object to the nomination and asked for the deadline for written representations.

A spokesman for Greene King said: “We are committed to running high-quality community pubs. To be able to continue to invest in our estate, from time to time we have to make the difficult decision to sell pubs.

“After much consideration, we have decided to put the Farmers Boy on the market.”

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  • bradshaw

    bradshaw

    12:12, 11 December 2016

    Both the Craufurd Arms and the Farmers Boy are under threat of redevelopment. By this next year there may well be no pubs left in North Maidenhead, a very sad state of affairs. In not just a case of use it or lose it. Weak planning laws, unfair business and VAT rates and greedy Pub Companies are destroying our pubs. The difference between the Craufurd Arms and the Farmers Boy is that the Craufurd was nominated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) last year. As a result when the owners put it on the market a group of regulars got together and triggered a ‘Right to Bid’ which meant that the owners, the Wellington Pub Company, are unable to sell it for six months. The Craufurd Arms Community Group was formed with the aim of bringing the pub into community ownership. We are now registered as a Community Benefit Society and are in the process of raising the funds required to purchase the pub. We are just about to launch our share pledge offer - if you would like to get involved or would like to know more about protecting your local please contact me.

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