Salhouse Bell becomes ‘community asset’ in bid to save it from closure

The Bell at Salhouse. The Bell at Salhouse.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
7:30 AM

A closed-down pub has been designated as a community asset in an attempt to ensure pints are pulled there in the future.

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The Bell in Salhouse shut in October when Steve and Trudi Hardiman brought their four-and-a-half years behind the bar to an end.

Enterprise Inns is advertising for new tenants, but Salhouse Parish Council is keen to ensure its future is as a pub.

It made a request to Broadland District Council to add the pub to the authority’s register of land and buildings of community value.

In their submission to the council, the parish council said: “This ancient inn is at the heart of the village and has a restaurant, beer garden and bowling green, as well as two bars.

“It serves not only as the focal point for many local people and a meeting place for village clubs and activities, but also serves visitors to the area, particularly from Salhouse Broad.

“The parish councillors believe that this public house is of importance because a village pub is a vital social gathering place for many residents.”

The council’s Conservative-controlled cabinet agreed this week to put the pub on the community asset register – a move which was welcomed by parish council chairman Chris Dady.

Being on the list does not restrict who the owner of a property can sell to or at what price and nor does it give a right of first refusal to a community interest group.

What it does mean is that, if a property is put up for sale, community interest groups get extra leeway to raise money to bid for them.

Mr Dady said: “This is the parish council trying to create a safety net. It is being advertised for let as a pub, but if the worst comes to the worst and it looks like it is not going to carry on as a pub, then it would give the parish council an option to bid on the property.

“There might be a community group in the village interested in taking it on and this would give them that option.”

Are you fighting to save a local pub? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

10 comments

  • I thought my comment was going to tag onto the Mad Brewer's comment - it ended up at the top instead. Ooops.

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    littlenewshound

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Enterprise inns and failure seem to go together...(other pub co.'s are available) they appear to expect hard working landlord's to work for nothing, while 'middle management' have easy jobs with NO real use. Company cars .expenses, .meetings to go too, and other pouncing about. Just an observation. We had the same problem in the petrol industry, Till we had the sense to get out. Sadly that is the this country is going. or rather has gone.

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    musicman

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I thought my comment was going to tag onto the Mad Brewer's comment - it ended up at the top instead. Ooops.

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    littlenewshound

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The problem is indeed pubco's and the worst round here is Enterprise Inns. Cast your net over any area of say 10 sq miles and this odious company will inevitably own the majority. Ridiculous rents, under investment and restrictive buying practices for the unlucky tenant who finds themselves locked into a deal. A mate of mine looked at the Blofield King's Head, which should be a goldmine in a village that size, but ran a mile when he learned what the deal was. All power to Broadland's elbow and let's hope a few more spokes are put into Enterprise Inn's wheels

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It always seems to be "Enterprise Inns". Just sayin...

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    g hu

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This is not a ‘council trying to create a safety net’ but a council interfering with a privately owned property and the owners ability to sell it quickly if the opportunity arises. There is a reason why no tenants have been found and that is a straight forward economic one. I wonder what percentage of Salhouse residents used the pub during last year …. Very few I suspect, yet they are the first to moan!

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • The problem with Village pubs is the "Blue Mooners": Those who visit "their" pub on Mother`s Day (where there`s a Will, there`s a Relative), Christmas and New Year. And no more. You can just hear the cheery cries of "I`ll get the drinks, you got them last year" as they block out the regulars with their dithering over which brand of mineral water, latté or wine to have.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • How true Norfolk John. Take out of the equation those dining establishments catering for the great & good as they will always survive. But your average village pub has not been supported at all well by for many years by all those residents who claim an interest in "their asset"

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    me

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Lol totally agree with this - well put.

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    littlenewshound

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Whilst all the comments are of interest I think they miss the main point, the greed of the companies and breweries in charge. I had to speak to the tenant of a pub on Romney Marsh and looking on the net for the phone number I quite by chance came upon a brewery advert for said pub which had in fact recently closed its doors. Rent was thirty odd thousand a year, when you chuck in rates heating plus staff etc etc it is going to be a struggle to make ends meet never mind make a profit. Meanwhile the owners can sit on an asset knowing they can cash in sooner or later. I have used the `Bell` a number of times {it meant two bus journeys for me and the missis though so we were hardly regulars} the beer was good the grub was good the pub itself is a lovely building and the people who ran it obviously put in an awful lot of hard work and effort. Norfolk John, I do not see it as the council `interfering` I see it as a way of trying to reign in the sheer greed of certain companies. I really do hope this place survives as a pub I would certainly give it a go. Tell you what John I will buy you a pint.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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