Community move to safeguard pub

The Victoria in St Annes could soon become an asset of community value if plans are approved by Fylde Council.
The Victoria in St Annes could soon become an asset of community value if plans are approved by Fylde Council.
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Campaigners who saved a popular pub from being turned into retirement flats have moved another step closer to securing its long term future.

The Victoria pub in St Annes – affectionately known as The Vic – is the subject of plans to have it listed on Fylde Council’s assets of community value.

If the group, led by Coun Ed Nash, is successful in getting the pub listed, it cannot be sold for six months without the community being offered the chance to buy it first.

Coun Nash said: “It will stop it being sold indiscriminately and gives it an element of protection and safeguards The Vic a bit more.

“This time 12 months ago we were going into battle to stop it being knocked down and made into retirement homes.

“We successfully won that appeal and on it being a community asset and this is the next step.

“The owners are now actually looking at starting to do things. They’ve done the Ship and Royal at Lytham and the Halfway House in South Shore, and I think we are next on the list.”

The Vic, on Church Road, also serves as a hotel and Coun Nash says he expects it to become a more popular feature in the town over the coming months.

He added: “The hotel is now coming into its own right as a community association and it’s moving forward.

“We hope to come to an amicable agreement with the pub group and see it improved because it’s the only working class pub the area has and is really good for live music, which we would really like to carry on.”

A spokesman for Spirit Pub Company, the owners of The Vic, said: “When the council has made their decision on whether to list Victoria Hotel as a Community Value Asset, we will review whether it is appropriate to take any action to protect the interests of the business.”

Fylde Council will discuss the plans on May 8.

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