Thursday, 24 August 2017

Villagers want to protect their local

THE Bottle and Glass pub in Binfield Heath could be protected from development following the adoption of a parish plan.

THE Bottle and Glass pub in Binfield Heath could be protected from development following the adoption of a parish plan.

Making the pub an asset of community value was among the wishes of residents who completed a questionnaire.

Other requests included having the parish included within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, introducing a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, reducing speeding and repairing potholes.

Parish councillors decided to create the plan in 2008 and a steering group was set up. The questionnaire was circulated to the 295 residents last summer.

About 90 per cent of respondents were concerned about litter and burglaries and two-thirds were unhappy about the condition of the roads. Some were also concerned about aircraft noise.

Robert Davis, chairman of the parish plan steering committee, said: “It’s always hard to engage the community but it is good to find out want they are thinking. It is easy to change things but it is much harder to make sure things are preserved.”

The pub has been closed for about a month after Anthony Ewen, a former Goring parish councillor, left to focus on his holiday business. He had vowed to turn the pub around when he took over in April.

The previous tenants, Graham and Jill Hughes, said they lost more than £35,000 during less than a year of running the pub and accused locals of not using it.

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