THE fight to save a much-loved pub is not over.
That was the message to St Annes residents ahead of a key meeting to discuss the future of The Victoria.
The pub – affectionately known as The Vic – was saved from demolition after local residents and councillors joined forward to defeat McCarthy and Stone’s planning appeal.
It means the developer has pulled out of the deal to build retirement flats and The Spirit Group is set to put the pub back on the market.
But now the Victoria Hotel Community Association is calling on local people to get behind them and help them buy it for themselves.
Coun Ed Nash, who led the association during the appeal, said: “Spirit Group has invited us to make an offer but we not going to until we find out how it’s being marketed.
“They also want us to make an offer supported by proof of funding, but we’re not in that situation yet.
“The price will be around £500,000 to take it on as a pub, which is no more than Fylde Scouts had to riase to rebuild their headquarters on Heyhouses Lane recently.”
The Association will have to find the cash through donations and grants if it wants to take over the building.
And Tuesday’s meeting will allow it to discuss how it plans to secure cash - and outline exactly what it will do with the historic building.
Coun Nash added: “We have an idea called buy a brick for the Victoria which is what the scouts did, and we’re also going to look into grants from the Government and the Lottery.
“But we need to work out how we secure it in the first place, because we don’t want another pub chain to go for it.
“There’s an open public meeting on Tuesday to discuss everything about where we are with the pub.”
The meeting will take place on August 7 at 7.30pm in St Alban’s Church hall on Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes.