Bid made to save village pub from housing scheme

February 26 2018
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A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save the Cross Hands pub in Alveston from the bulldozers.

A CAMPAIGN has been launched to save the Cross Hands pub in Alveston from the bulldozers.

As reported in last month’s Thornbury Voice, a plan has been drawn up to demolish the pub and build four detached homes on the site.

The Cross Hands, which has been closed for some time, could now become an asset of community value (ACV) after a formal application to have it registered was submitted.

It was one of the steps taken by local people who are determined to see the premises re-open as a pub. They will also ask local residents what they would like to see in the pub if it is saved.

But the housing proposal by Hawkfield Homes will still have to be determined by South Gloucestershire Council, along with the ACV application.

If the pub is registered as an ACV, the community will have six months to put a bid together should the landowner ultimately decide to sell.

Already, dozens of objections to the development on the corner plot of The Down and Strode Common have been lodged.

Dave Osborne, who started the campaign to keep the pub, said: “As an ex-regular user of the Cross Hands, I strongly object to losing forever what has in the past, and could be again, the hub of the local community.

“For many years it was a fantastically supported meeting point for the surrounding community and with a small degree of investment, could be a well supported venue again.”

Other objectors said a village the size of Alveston needed a social gathering place more than it needed further expensive housing and that its loss would leave a gap in many people’s lives.

Residents said they were fond of the building and that it was already missed by the community, including local cricket and football teams who met there.

The housing application stated there had been a high turnover of tenants during the past 15 years, indicating difficulties in making the pub viable.