Saving The Goddard Arms

FROM THE STEERING GROUP AIMING TO SAVE THE GODDARD ARMS

 

The Goddard Arms

To misquote Lady Bracknell , to lose one pub could be regarded as a misfortune to lose two …..

How have we got to where we are?.  We used to have two successful pubs, then the Goddard was taken over by a family who seemed ill equipped to run it and with fears for its future the Parish Council unanimously agreed to list it as an asset of community value. The planning authorities made it clear , change of use would not be granted , the pub was offered to the community to buy, but unfortunately their was no interest , so it was sold at auction.

Along a parallel track the Trotting Horse seemed to be heading the same way, it was suggested it too should be listed , but there was insufficient support on the parish council , and when the application for change of use came forward one councillor actively supported it.

It is open for debate whether their was ever a serious attempt to run the pub, when compared to the independent valuation obtained for the Goddard , it is clear Wiltshire Council made an error in granting change of use .

However the harsh reality is it was unlikely two pubs could be kept open, we are assured by Wiltshire Council that they will treat a change of use application for the last pub in the village , much more rigorously, including appointing their own independent valuer . This will be of little comfort to the numerous people who expressed their support to keep the Trotting Horse open, not all writing to the council, which is an important lesson.  

Perhaps, because of the Trotting Horse , when there seemed to be an opportunity to buy the Goddard Arms, supporters , investors , came forward in their droves, but for the moment that opportunity is on hold, what is certain as a result of the Trotting Horse , is that any change of use is not going to happen , to quote the late Paddy Ashton, if it does I will eat my hat!

Happy Christmas      Peter Gantlett Parish Council Chair

Following the last community meeting where we shared an update with you all, we’ve made an offer for The Goddard Arms but it has been rejected but negotiations are ongoing and we will keep you informed if there is any progress

 

If you wish to join us or want more information please contact 

The Parish Clerk at -   clyffepypardpc@hotmail.com

             

   

The Steering Group Members

 

Ed Rudler……………

Andrew Freeston.....

Peter Gantlett………

David Gagen……….

Mike Cook……….....

Paul Olsen…………..

Steve Pinniger……....

Mike Reed……….......

Gemma Greenway......

Huw Ponting…………

Rosemary Greenway..