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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