Save Your Community Assets!
The Community Assets Lists allows buildings which are of community value to be saved from sale and demolition for 6 months, to provide an opportunity for fundraising for community purchase. It does not guarantee success, but it is at least a way of raising the profile of community assets and putting pressure on owners to consider community need, and not just commercial marketing.
August 2014 Withy Cutter
Another planning application has been submitted to demolish a 'local' pub in Bridgwater. It has been proposed that the Withy Cutter in Frederick Road should be demolished to make way for a block of flats. The Civic Society's John Stuckey has commented in the press this week: “It’s sad news. A lot of pubs are disappearing in the town. There’s a homes plan for the Pig & Whistle and The Hope Inn is also up for sale. It isn’t a good time for our pubs.”
July 2014 Pig & Whistle
In responding to the proposed demolition of the Pig & Whistle pub in Sydenham, Bridgwater & District Civic Society has expressed concerns that there are still no Bridgwater entries on the Sedgemoor District Council Community Assets List. The four Community Assets currently registered are all from outside Bridgwater. Three of them are pubs!
The current application to abolish another "local" leaves the Sydenham estate without a pub. It is appreciated that, nowadays, pubs are difficult to maintain, but the buildings which house them could be retained for community use, to maintain a balance between housing, commercial and community activity. Facilities for local people to meet, drink and eat are as important as any other community facility and we should make efforts to preserve facilities which have served the community well for a number of years.