Another campaign has been launched to save a neighbourhood pub from development.
The Downsman in Hangleton is the latest pub in the city to be put on the market by Enterprise Inns, and regulars fear it will become housing.
Following the lead of the Rose Hill Tavern and Horse and Groom, they have asked Brighton and Hove City Council to declare it an asset of community value (ACV) which would delay the sale and allow them to put together a bid to buy and run it themselves.
Campaign secretary Peter Clarke said: “There is considerable concern in the Hangleton neighbourhood that this Hangleton pub and site may be lost to community use, and developed for commercial gain.
“A campaign group has therefore been formed, under the name Save the Downsman.
“We have submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council a nomination of the pub and site as an Asset of Community Value, in order to pursue the matter through the Community Right to Bid. A local Community Land Trust initiative is interested in taking on stewardship.”
A spokesperson for Enterprise Inns said: “Unfortunately, footfall from regular customers at The Downsman has fallen to an unsustainably low level in recent years, leading to the current publican deciding to seek the assignment of his lease.
“Considerable effort to find a new publican to take on the long-term lease of this pub has been made over the last 12 months, through both our own website and external agents.
“However, the level of interest received from potential new publicans has been disappointingly low, with no viable offers received.
“It is these factors that have led to the freehold of the property being placed on the open market, with no restrictions on future use.”
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