May 2016 – Beehive Update

BeehiveThe Friends of the Beehive have won a county court appeal lodged by the owners of The Beehive pub in Horringer who were trying to get its status as an Asset of Community Value overturned.

The First Tier Tribunal heard the case on March 16th and the Judge Peter Lane in his ruling said “It is realistic to think that, in the next five years, the Beehive can return to furthering a relevant social interest. Its current planning use is as a pub. The Friends have demonstrated that there is a realistic future for the Beehive as a pub. In view of this, it is realistic to think that Hawthorne Leisure will either begin to run it as such, or else sell it to someone who will.”

The Friends of the Beehive was started by villagers in Horringer to fight plans by Hawthorne Leisure to sell the pub for housing.

A public meeting at the end of 2015 gave its backing to the campaign, and the group have set up a not for profit Community Benefit Society called Horringer Community Pub Limited, which hopes to buy the pub. The share offer, launched on February 8th, has now been extended until May 31st.  Applications to be members of the Society are now invited. You can become a member by buying shares. Each share costs £50 and every shareholder has an equal vote. The target is to raise £200,000.

Peter Crofts, Chairman of The Save the Beehive Campaign, said “I am delighted that the judge ruled in favour of preserving The Beehive as a pub. The uncertainty presented by their appeal has now been removed and this is now the time for anyone to buy shares.”

The Friends want to buy the pub and safeguard it as a community facility and find a tenant or lessee to run the pub to offer food and hopefully a cafe too. If you are looking for an opportunity to be part of a local village as either a tenant or lessee, contact Peter Crofts at petercrofts@btinternet.com.

You can read the ruling from the court by clicking on this link 014 260416 decision – CR20150018

To buy shares, download the application form Beehive share form revised or contact Duncan Wilson, Treasurer lordwilson@live.co.uk or ring him in 01284 735708.

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