Fight is on to save popular pub in Aston Clinton

Fight is on to save popular pub in Aston Clinton

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:42am 15th August 2019.

We found out last month that a popular pub in Aston Clinton will be turned into houses.

That's despite over 500 objections to the plans for The Rothschild Arms on Weston Road, which has been a pub for 172 years. 

The proposals include turning the building into two terrace houses, while the pub's parking opposite will be turned into three terrace houses.

AVDC had turned down the application in early July, as well as a previous application in December 2017.

But, this time it went to appeal and the Planning Inspectorate approved the plans because it will add to the character of the area.

#SaveTheRoths

Now, regulars of the pub have started a campaign to try and stop the village from losing what they have described as an unbelievable amenity.

Casey Dawson is one of them:

"It's the most objections the village has put across for any development in Aston Clinton.

"You can see how much that place means to us.

"It's the hub for everyone, whether it's you, your family and friends or the guys who play sports.

"There are three pool teams, three dart teams down there, I mean where do they go?"

Casey's post on social media has already had over 750 shares.

He's hoping they can get even more support to show the brewery how much the community loves this pub.

Casey added:

"Not only is The Rothschild Arms an unbelievable amenity for the village, in terms of the charity work they do, the pool teams and the dart teams.

"You are taking away a big part of history form the village, the 172 years that it has been a pub.

"You are also tearing away a small piece of Great British history as well."

A Facebook group was started earlier this year to drum up support.

People in the village have also already raised £15,000 in a matter of days which will be used to try and fight the decision.

The business is currently run by a local couple who want to keep the pub for the community and have offered to buy it from Punch on a number of occasions.

Punch, the brewery, have responded

Chief Executive Officer, Clive Chesser says:

“The Rothschild Arms was marketed for sale for almost two years, during which time we were unsuccessful in selling the pub as a going concern.

"We are investing record levels into our pub estate this year and we have a strong track record of supporting the retention of pubs in communities across the UK.

"Unfortunately we sometimes have to reach the difficult conclusion that a pub business is no longer viable, and we have to explore other options, although I would stress that this is rare.

"We have significantly subsidised The Rothschild Arms for several years, allowing it to stay open for as long as possible.

"Without this support, the pub does not provide a viable long-term business opportunity for an independent publican and it would be wrong for us to expect someone to take it on.  

"We regret the disappointment that this decision may cause to the pub regulars and other members of the local community.

"We enjoy a positive working relationship with our publicans who run the pub on a temporary contract.

"We will continue to work closely with them, supporting them as they move to leave the pub, and we are hopeful that they will be able to continue to run other pubs with us in the future.”

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