Public meeting to discuss community pub bid

The Black Bull at Lowick
The Black Bull at Lowick

A public meeting is taking place tonight in Lowick to discuss the next steps in the community’s bid to save its pub.

Earlier this month, we reported that a community offer to buy The Black Bull pub had been accepted. Campaigners thought their dreams had been dashed when their final offer was rejected last month, but there has been a change of heart from the vendor.

Hawthorn Leisure, the owners of The Black Bull, put the property up for sale, but campaigners successfully applied for it to be made an Asset of Community Value which means it cannot be sold for any other purpose than as a pub until 2019.

They created a company, Lowick Community Ventures Ltd, which put in an offer of £150,000 plus VAT (£180,000 total) on August 19. This was rejected, but the campaigners were told earlier this mont hthat all other prospective purchasers had withdrawn and their offer was now being accepted.

Diane Chisholm, a member of the Save The Black Bull Inn campaign group, said: “I do hope you will be able to come to tonight’s meeting to hear about the next steps needed to Save The Black Bull Inn. We have the chance to buy the freehold, so we are preparing a share offering, but it would be lovely to gauge the level of interest at the meeting.”

The meeting takes place at 7.30pm in Lowick Village Hall.