Downton pub is 'no longer viable'

Salisbury Journal: Downton pub is 'no longer viable' Downton pub is 'no longer viable'

A PACKED meeting held last night heard that a historic pub in the heart of Downton is no longer viable.

Downton Parish Council’s planning committee was considering applications by Carolyn Sutcliffe to change The King’s Arms in High Street into two three-bedroom homes.

The meeting, in the children’s room of Downton Library, heard both sides of the argument about a pub which has been offering hospitality for at least 300 years.

Laura Mountford, from Church Hatch, which is near the pub, said she was speaking on behalf of neighbours and alluded to problems with rowdiness.

She said: “We recently moved and felt a huge sigh of relief that it is no longer a pub.” She said it is a fantastic building which should be protected.

Mike Sutcliffe, brother-in-law of Carolyn Sutcliffe, said: “Times change and enterprises have to react to this.” He said the previous owner, Enterprise Inns, had offloaded the pub because they knew it was not viable in a village with three other pubs.

Simon Crawford, on behalf of the The King’s Arms Supporters group, said turning the pub into homes would mean the loss of a significant village amenity. The village has already lost a newspaper shop, a sorting office and a general stores and it should not lose another business.

He said the plans do not comply with planning law and the pub’s problems have been down to poor management rather than the pub itself.

He said: “Downton already has three pubs but each has a very distinct profile and a fourth public house will contribute towards the diversity and prosperity of the community area.”

Parish Councillor Julia Whitmarsh said the pub had been a vibrant part of the community for many decades, although the jobs of its working class patrons from times past had all disappeared.

But she added: “If there’s the slightest possibility of someone coming in with money to get it going again, I would be in favour of that.”

Other parish councillors said the reality was that the pub was not viable and the proposals would preserve the building, including the distinctive sign-writing on the exterior.

The plans, which include demolition or rear extensions and building of new ones, were approved, with Cllr Whitmarsh the only member to vote against them. A public consultation ends on March 6, with a decision by Wiltshire Council due by March 27.

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2:12pm Wed 26 Feb 14

simsruleok says...

Sadly Downton High street is looking unlived in .Born in a house in Downton but will never have the opportunity to afford to live there
Sadly Downton High street is looking unlived in .Born in a house in Downton but will never have the opportunity to afford to live there simsruleok
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6:36pm Fri 28 Feb 14

STRIPEY51 says...

Might look unlived in but all the cars parked all over the place and double parked make the place a nightmare, there should be yellow lines down the high street, at least on one side, and as for the lady moaning about the noise from the Kings Arms should not have bought a house near a pub, and as for the pinch point farther down, what a stupid idea that was it would not be so bad if they had yellow lines on both sides, and put some on the bridge by the cake shop while there at it, too stop dumbo's parking on the bridge and causing havoc..
Might look unlived in but all the cars parked all over the place and double parked make the place a nightmare, there should be yellow lines down the high street, at least on one side, and as for the lady moaning about the noise from the Kings Arms should not have bought a house near a pub, and as for the pinch point farther down, what a stupid idea that was it would not be so bad if they had yellow lines on both sides, and put some on the bridge by the cake shop while there at it, too stop dumbo's parking on the bridge and causing havoc.. STRIPEY51
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4:13pm Sat 1 Mar 14

john anderton says...

The Salisbury Journals is as usual, not printing the truth, if a public house is not working, it usualy is the Brewery are charging to much money, in RENT, it seems when a pub is doing reasonable well and paying their bills, the Brewery (Enterprise Inns) for example, push up the rent so much, then it becomes unviable. so they can sell it off.
The Wooden Spoon will be next I expect.
But a Free House is different, is not tied to a Brewery and they can buy their beers etc at a reasonable price.

The Kings Arms is a lovely Grade 11 listed building, and should stay as meeting place for people of all ages, not let a greedy person destroy it youngsters love the pool room, and do not cause mayhem. Now they have nowhere to go in the evening,
The rest of the customers are responsible people of all ages, It is a local hub in the village, people moan about villages closing down, but use the shops, bakery and pubs.etc as that is what happens.
If the people who are moaning about a bit of noise should not move next to a Public House, The usual people moaned about the Kings Arms when the local fair was on, 25000/30000 people attended, don't like the
noise move.
The Salisbury Journals is as usual, not printing the truth, if a public house is not working, it usualy is the Brewery are charging to much money, in RENT, it seems when a pub is doing reasonable well and paying their bills, the Brewery (Enterprise Inns) for example, push up the rent so much, then it becomes unviable. so they can sell it off. The Wooden Spoon will be next I expect. But a Free House is different, is not tied to a Brewery and they can buy their beers etc at a reasonable price. The Kings Arms is a lovely Grade 11 listed building, and should stay as meeting place for people of all ages, not let a greedy person destroy it youngsters love the pool room, and do not cause mayhem. Now they have nowhere to go in the evening, The rest of the customers are responsible people of all ages, It is a local hub in the village, people moan about villages closing down, but use the shops, bakery and pubs.etc as that is what happens. If the people who are moaning about a bit of noise should not move next to a Public House, The usual people moaned about the Kings Arms when the local fair was on, 25000/30000 people attended, don't like the noise move. john anderton
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